‘It makes me sad’: Princess Madeleine
Published: 30 Mar 2012 08:26 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Mar 2012 08:26 GMT+02:00
Sweden’s Princess Madeleine said in an interview on Thursday that it saddens her to be erroneously accused of living a life of luxury in New York at the expense of Swedish taxpayers.
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“Of course I keep up with it (the debate) and of course I am affected by what is written. I get upset when it sounds like a live a life of luxury and don’t do anything else apart from shopping and go to restaurants,” Madeleine said in an interview published on the Royal Court website.
According to the Princess, she is kept busy both by her work at her mother’s charity, the Childhood foundation, as well as representing Sweden when she is asked to do so.
“The US is an important country for Swedish interests, both financially and culturally. I am more than willing to support and promote this,” said Madeleine.
She stressed that the truth about her expenditure had been published on the Royal Court website, that she is financing her stay in New York privately and that it is only travel which is on the behalf of Sweden that is paid by the state.
Her work at Childhood is also unpaid, according to the princess, who does not take a salary from the foundation.
“It feels like a great advantage not to have to do that, to work in a non-profit organization and help turning my mother’s vision into reality,” she said.
At the moment, Madeleine is in Sweden, visiting her family and new niece, Princess Estelle.
However, her plans are to stay and reside in the US long term, and she has recently registered her intention to do so with the Swedish tax agency.
"That I live in the US instead of Sweden doesn’t mean that my role as Princess of Sweden alters, I will continue to promote Sweden’s interests in the US," Madeleine said.
Despite a seemingly packed schedule for the coming months she promised to be back in Stockholm in time for the baptism of Princess Estelle in May.