Princess Charlene Will Skip the Rio Games Amid Zika Fears: ‘She Has Concerns – And So Do I,’ Says Prince Albert

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The 2016 Summer Olympics will be without its highest-profile royal couple.

Monaco’s Princess Charlene has decided not to attend the Games in Brazil, and her husband Prince Albert will considerably shorten his own visit over health concerns.

A former Olympic swimmer, Charlene has decided to remain home with the couple’s 19-month-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

“First, she has decided not to go because she couldn’t stand to be away from the babies for two weeks and they’re really not old enough to support the trip,” Albert tells PEOPLE.

Charlene is also worried about the Zika virus.

“She has important health concerns,” he says. “She doesn’t like what she’s been reading, hearing, about the Zika virus and some other health issues.”

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