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Princess Madeleine's man set for royal debut

Princess Madeleine's man set for royal debut

Published: 21 May 2012 13:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 May 2012 13:43 GMT+02:00

Former Swedish glamour model Sofia Hellqvist and New York-based financier Chris O’Neill have been confirmed as guests for the royal extravaganza by the Royal Court, despite being only in the early stages of their respective relationships with the royals.

“It’s clearly a sign that the King officially recognizes them as family members,” Roger Lundgren, royal expert and editor of Kungliga Magazine, told The Local.

"This has never happened in Sweden. Before, people had to get engaged to a member of the royal family to get invited to official events. And I think we'll see two engagements in the not too distant future."

Lundgren points to the news as an indication of the family's eagerness to shed outdated traditions and to keep up to speed with the rest of Sweden.

"The King is moving with the times, as is the family. They're showing the public that royals don't necessarily need to be married to royals. Queen Silvia was a commoner, for instance. And Prince Daniel, a fantastic contribution to the family, has also shown that a commoner can be welcomed by the public with open arms," Lundgren told The Local.

"Both Madeleine and Carl Philip live with their partners so it’s completely natural that they should come to the christening.”

Chris O’Neill, who according to Swedish tabloids is a millionaire financial adviser who attended Columbia University, met Princess Madeleine months after she broke off her engagement to Jonas Bergström in 2010.

News of the couple's relationship first surfaced in media reports in early 2011 and in February of this year, the Royal Court confirmed that Madeleine and O'Neill had been living together in his tony Manhattan apartment since November 2011.

The 27-year-old Hellqvist, meanwhile, has been battling for acceptance from the Swedish royal family ever since she started dating Prince Carl Philip, a romance first reported in early 2010.

The readers of Swedish men's lifestyle magazine Slitz voted Hellqvist "Miss Slitz 2004", after which she appeared in the Paradise Hotel reality television show in 2005, making it all the way to the finals.

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Your comments about this article

15:17 May 21, 2012 by kirub
Helge Krupski, seems like she's at it again. Your wife is now leaving you for good, I think.
16:05 May 21, 2012 by Fernandis
what'd be the reaction of Royal family, swedish ppl as well as all white-skin ppl if following hapens:

- Princess Madeleine starts dating a BLACK man and wants him to be part of royal family ?
16:39 May 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
Stirring the racist pot, are we?
19:01 May 21, 2012 by sunnchilde
So what? If I were in a relationship with a Swedish princess and they told me I couldn't come, I would just shrug my shoulders and say "Sure, whatever." I can find something else to do with myself for six hours. I would look at not being in front of the media scrutiny as a blessing, not a curse.
10:15 May 23, 2012 by Helge Krupski
kirub (#1), yes, Princess Madeleine has become my wife (all comments Mr. Helge Krupski www.thelocal.se/39986/20120330/), and her past and current action - let it be on her conscience, her betrayal. She was a whore and prostitute, a slut and prostitute she stayed. She openly advertises his sexual relationship without marriage (including with Chris O'Neill). But her father (King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf) clearly demonstrates that his blessing on our marriage, he gave (read from the book of prayer in Swedish language and put his hands on my head and on the head of Princess Madeleine), and his royal word - it is rubbish, and he is not has the honor, they are swindlers (#11 www.thelocal.se/40460/20120425/)...Madeleine gave voluntary consent on marriage with me and she was confessed me in love to me. King of Sweden was pay for study David Sebastian Aschinberg (Carl XVI Gustaf was showed me document in Kiev), because made out to him (1994-1996) document the police for his rape of Princess Madeleine in Kiev, his avia the ticket showed, as he threatened to tell the King about the intrigues a group of hypnotists (psi-agents and psy-operators of the security services). I witnessed this scandal, for me showed the officer a photo, where Mr. Aschinberg held her between her legs... at the beach of the river Dnepr. Strangely, his daughter was raped many times in the Ukraine, she made three abortions in Ukraine, but the King of Sweden received the Ukrainian state awards in 1999 and 2008... For me the King of Sweden offered to marry Victoria - it is morally better than Madeleine. I refused to build a relationship without love, then Victoria started dating Daniel (well, now has a daughter, Estelle)! :)
14:37 May 23, 2012 by roaringchicken92
Goodness gracious, Krupski. Whilst its somewhat understandable to be a bit psychotically betrothed to the idea of the lovely Princess, everyone knows it was the Mongols that laid siege to Kiev and therein raped the populace. The Poles halted the savage advance of the Khans, but not while the Swedes ruled.
16:20 May 23, 2012 by Helge Krupski
roaringchicken92, your imagination - the funny joke (#6). There are no ideas - she remember this and have documents in Kiev. But have documents at the Princess of Sweden, and her dad (about marriage with me). I was take of the Swedish's award to me from the hands of Princess Madeleine in Embassy Sweden (in Ukraine) - I was able to expose these conspiracy hypnotists, but she and her father had betrayed me. Ask them - you are in Stockholm is to them near...
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