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Tell-all book on Swedish King 'based on lies'

Tell-all book on Swedish King 'based on lies'

Published: 22 Oct 2012 10:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Oct 2012 10:18 GMT+02:00

"None of the claims about the King's visits to criminal strip or off-the-books clubs or other activities that would have compromised his role are true," Desirée Ahokas Shein, co-author of a new book debunking “Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken” (‘Carl XVI Gustaf - The reluctant monarch’), wrote in an opinion piece in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Ahokas Shein, along with historian Dick Harrison, have spent the last two years reviewing claims made in the 2010 book, which rocked the Royal Court and prompted a prolonged debate about the position of the King and the monarchy in Sweden.

"The reluctant monarch" included passages detailing alleged marital infidelities, visits to strip clubs, as well as several occasions during which the King was said to have socialized with reputed gangsters.

However, Harisson and Ahokas Shein claim in "Från en säker källa. . ." ('From a reliable source...'), a forthcoming book to be published on Thursday, that the evidence on which much of the tell-all book is based comes from "manipulated evidence, outright lies, and extremely dubious methods".

One example the authors examine more closely is a reported visit by the King to the Gold Club, a strip club in Atlanta, during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Ahokas Shein writes that the rumoured visit was first referenced in a 2000 trial of the club's owner during which defence lawyers explained the club had many celebrity visitors, including the Swedish King.

However, the waitress who allegedly served the King drinks may not have even been employed at the Gold Club at the time of the King's supposed visit. Moreover, the authors cast further doubt on the waitress's account, claiming "she was willing to say just about anything for a price".

In addition to slamming "The reluctant monarch", Ahokas Shein also takes the Swedish media to task for failing to accurately investigate the book's claims and instead rushing to perpetuate a royal scandal "based on claims which are simply not true".

"It's remarkable that a little effort wasn't made to check the veracity of the information [in the book] by those who then spread it further," she writes in DN.

"The media industry hasn't even managed to discuss or assess how they did their job when it comes to the so-called royal scandal. It's high time they did so."

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12:35 October 22, 2012 by robban70226
True or false is not important now, the only issue is how much money is going to be mda and who gets a piece of the pie
12:38 October 22, 2012 by Helge Krupski
I was send my letters directly to the police and the prosecutor's office in Sweden, it is necessary to wait for their response... H.R.H Princess Madeleine Bernadotte and Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden - should be in prison!!! ...confrontment, lie detector (polygraph), officially request a document is in the archive and the International Court... After July 2011 - March 2012 on my official statement on the paper has been no official response to the paper from The Royal Court of Sweden. Open Information for prosecutors and police in Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - www. facebook .com/ Helge.Kroupski

Open letter to about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - www. facebook .com/ Helge.Kroupski I remember, in Stockholm, in the feast of St. Lucy Princess Madeleine came with angel wings to night in my bedroom ... She in my life remains the pure girl (morally high strong), before you became a monster woman (morally low fallen, unstable)... On her attacked by a group of hypnotists ... I fought with of the three intelligence officers of Ukraine, was the blood, because other officers of Ukraine used violence to Princess Madeleine; and they make me injection an syringe in the neck (I could not fight), they sent return me by dint of a diplomatic flight of Sweden to Kiev... Again they was forced me to fly to Stockholm, then Princess Madeleine Bernadotte threw your crown on a table at the royal palace, was sitting at the table her father King of Sweden and lawyers Royal Court of Sweden... She demanded an end to hypnosis and bullying to me...near me were two officers-hypnotists of the secret services of Ukraine...I felt like hell. I was loved Princess Madeleine, honest and loyal to me in past, she was understand me. Conclusion: Lawyers Royal Court of Sweden is joint offenders and are liars (culpable participant, complice)! They know names and address these psy-agents (psy-operators), because they worked with the King of Sweden in the palace. They helped him in his business and against his political opponents in Sweden (I remember, they said, they mocked the politician from the Social Democratic Party with the help of hypnosis).
16:25 October 22, 2012 by Tony L
Read the book and thought it was interesting. Not sure about the outcome of the new book.

However Mr Dick Harrison is not exactly an Angel himself (just ask the students he supervised).
12:10 October 24, 2012 by Helge Krupski
Yes...and Queen of Sweden will be Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée Bernadotte!.. Personal dentist family Bernadotte Mr. Vishnevski Konstantin was offers help to publish my memories of family Bernadotte in the U.S. for 3 million...I refused - because money is not important. - Princess Victoria was told me that she have sympathy for me, and her dad wants - she to be my wife, instead instead morally fallen Princess Madeleine. She told me to keep silent - then I will Bernadotte family member (in Stockholm in the palace). She specifically went to Catholic School in France to understand me. Them psi-agent did convinced me (at the request of her father) that Princess Victoria are morally better than her sister Princess Madeleine. Like, if I did not take Princess Victoria for a wife - then she will be with coach Mr. Daniel Westling. I said, "Thank you. But not enough to build my family, if the Princess Victoria have only sympathy to me". Princess Victoria became a mother from Mr. Daniel. I congratulations her! I expect she should soon become Queen of Sweden! Then, after her - her brother will be King of Sweden Carl Philip Edmund Bertil Bernadotte. :) :-) :) :-)
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