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Royal court mulls suing over King book review

Published: 01 Feb 2011 15:38 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Feb 2011 15:38 GMT+01:00

The unofficial tell-all biography "Carl XVI Gustaf - the reluctant monarch" ("Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken") went on sale on November 4th.

The Vänsterpress book review, titled "A horny king," alleges that the King paid for prostitutes using tax funds, a claim that does not appear in the book, newspaper Expressen reported on Tuesday.

"We don't know what actions we will take. We will wait and see what our lawyer's opinion is. We will hear from him in a couple of days. I can't comment on any details about it," Royal Court communications director Bertil Ternert told The Local on Tuesday.

"I can only say that we think our lawyer has to look at it. It has nothing to do with the book. There is no connection to that. The author of the book, he also told readers there is nothing in the book about this," said Ternert.

According to Expressen, Vänsterpress wrote in the book review, "And the Swedish people pay for the feasts, both weddings, parties and whores."

Left Party secretary Anki Ahlsten, party leader Lars Ohly's political right hand, is the legally responsible publisher of Vänsterpress and several party colleagues slammed the review.

"It is an infringement and someone must offer an apology," Left Party MP Jonas Sjöstedt told Expressen.

The biography on the King chronicled details of wild parties and affairs he had with young women. It is the first book of its kind in Sweden.

Among the more lurid revelations in the book was an alleged year-long love affair with Swedish singer and model Camilla Henemark, born to a Nigerian father and a founding member of the band Army of Lovers.

The King's daughter, Princess Madeleine, won damages worth over 3.5 million kronor ($540,000) last week from a slew of German newspapers for libel and intrusion in her private life.

The stories included a wide range of false information and claims about Princess Madeleine's life and living habits, including details that she was pregnant and planning to marry. The stories were published between 2000 and 2004.

The princess broke off her engagement to lawyer Jonas Bergström weeks before her sister Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Prince Daniel in June 2010 after reports surfaced that he had cheated on her with a Norwegian handball player. She is now based in New York.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

17:18 February 1, 2011 by UScitizen
I was right! When the story came out about Madeleine suing the German papers, I said it would only be a matter of time before the Royal Family did the same over the book about the king. So mark one up for me.

Oh, and by the way, believe-it-or-not, I sang with a group for the King and Queen last year and have the pictures to prove it. I guess that was the highlight of my two years in Sweden.
06:37 February 2, 2011 by bocagill
@UScitizen,

hey moron did you read the story above,, the royals are not thinking about suing the author of the book but the person or newspaaper the gave a review of the book. so dont mark one up for you.
07:41 February 2, 2011 by UScitizen
@bocagill

hey s***-for-brains, learn to read English. I said they're suing "over" the book, not suing the publisher or writer "of" the book. Maybe you need a second cup of coffee before you say something dumb at 06:37.
08:28 February 2, 2011 by JulieLou40
@ uscitizen: "Oh, and by the way, believe-it-or-not, I sang with a group for the King and Queen last year and have the pictures to prove it". Oh get a life, please!!

Nobody likes a "Look at me" character more than the Swedes.
08:38 February 2, 2011 by johansgirl
@ JulieLou40: Love the sarcasm in your last sentence!
08:41 February 2, 2011 by JulieLou40
Yeah, tho I'm not sure uscitizen will get it. Too full of him/her self.
09:01 February 2, 2011 by UScitizen
@Julielou40

You're right! I'm full of it! :O)) And you're jealous, ain'tcha? I love your sarcasm too.
11:15 February 2, 2011 by AHA
Why the reaction about a silly book and a more silly review? The whole thing will blow away very quickly if one just ignores it. Don´t give the authers the satisfaction of a place in the sun, not even for one second. Just ignore them.

The same can apply to the Muhammed cartoon business and Lars Vilks part in the story. The reaction to the stupid act was stupid.
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