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Westling claims kidney illness 'not hereditary'

Westling claims kidney illness 'not hereditary'

Published: 18 May 2010 06:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 May 2010 06:56 GMT+02:00

"This is not something that is hereditary," Daniel Westling said during a joint interview with his bride-to-be on the commercial TV4 channel late Monday.

Westling's first public comments about his kidney malfunction aimed to calm fears that the illness could be passed on to the future heir to Sweden's throne.

The 36-year-old former fitness instructor to the princess, said he had been born with the kidney defect but had not realised there was a problem until he needed x-rays after suffering a injury playing football when he was 16.

"It was not something I had suffered from or even noticed," he said.

But doctors had said his condition was deteriorating and about two years ago it was decided that he would need a transplant.

Since the transplant, he said, he felt better than ever.

"My body has been cleansed. I have a new kidney that is cleaning the blood."

Westling is to marry Victoria, 32, the eldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf, on June 19th. After the wedding Westling, who came from humble origins in the small Swedish town of Ockelbo, will be known as Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.

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Your comments about this article

09:17 May 18, 2010 by Mr Gee
"...aimed to calm fears that the illness could be passed on to the future heir to Sweden's throne."

It is not anyone's place to fear or complain about the possibility of passing an illness to any children of this couple.

It does not matter whether the couple are public or private figures. It is their decision, their business only.
09:34 May 18, 2010 by thatsjustme
Even if it would be hereditary - so what? At least they would know what to keep an eye open for. We all pass things down to our children; diabetes, bad bone structure etc. Should we not be allowed to have children then? We have the right to have possibly ill children (you Never Ever know!); why don't the royals?
09:45 May 18, 2010 by Kronaboy
@#1&2

I don't know about that but that guy has to

a) Learn to tie his tie.

b) Seriously come out of the closet.
10:03 May 18, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Breaking News:

Victoria announces that in bred stupidity among European royals is not as hereditary as it may appear. I quote "Over the last century our in breeding has not, as it might appear, led to a regal elite who are unable to complete any form of tertiary education without assistance from the examiners".

God only knows what would happen if they got a baby with a disability - lock it up in some castle dungeon. It matters not one jot, what their baby inherits or not. The fact that they had to mention it is a sad indictment of the world we live in.
10:13 May 18, 2010 by Mr Gee
In reality I suspect it's the media that's probably responsible for stating the word "fears",

If anyone was actually quoted having "fears" that any children would be given the same kidney problem this would be a move into the ugly world of eugenics. Also, would any such people be perfect physical and mental specimens? I think not!
12:14 May 18, 2010 by JulieLou40
I agree with the other comments on here. It his his business, & he shouldn't have to "argue" anything!
19:07 May 18, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Perfect case of the kettle calling the pot black.

Only the inbred royals would concern themselves with any kind of "birth defect" that might infect thier crown.
02:41 May 19, 2010 by repat_xpat
Lovely chin.
20:12 May 19, 2010 by Déjà Vu
I rather think it's the media who fears there WON'T be a child born with a defect. For as long as that child would live, the media would hound it as it went to doctor's appointments, sparking media frenzy over the *ailing heir* and the woes of the royal family over it, seems like a perfectly fit drama for a revenue-hungry tabloid. But to anyone else who thinks that the Royalty should stick around, they obviously would be concerned over the Monarchy being plagued by hereditary illness. After all, Kings and Queens are symbols of power; the reign of a sickly king has historically never lasted long. So, having a hereditarily marred blood line - especially when it is being married into the monarchy and didn't originate there - is a concern to keeping the image of a monarchy (and, in Sweden's case, this is all they really have going for them!) in tact.

In my honest opinion, I think it's all just garbage. Live and let live.
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