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Princess Madeleine: Chris is my soul mate

Princess Madeleine: Chris is my soul mate

Published: 25 Oct 2012 11:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Oct 2012 11:27 GMT+02:00

Sweden's Princess Madeleine spoke about her engagement to Chris O’Neill on Thursday, calling the US banker her "soul mate", with one royal expert explaining what the princess's fiancé needs to do to gain a Swedish royal title.

"He is my soul mate," Princess Madeleine said in an interview published on the Royal Court website (embedded below).

"We are both extremely happy and delighted. It is a very special day for us."

O'Neill also spoke about his decision to finally pop the question.

"I had been thinking about proposing for a while, but I wanted to wait until the right moment," he said in the video.

"But I have been sure all along that Madeleine was the one I wanted to marry."

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The pair's wedding is expected to take place in Sweden during the summer of 2013.

Roger Lundgren, royal expert and editor of Kungliga Magazine, told The Local that news of another Swedish royal wedding is likely seen as a welcome news for Sweden's royals.

“It’s great news for the royal family, they will all appreciate this. Nothing boosts the monarchy better than a royal wedding,” he said.

“All media attention has been negative towards the family lately. There is a lot of gossiping, and horrible images have been published that have no truth behind them. It's nice to have a wedding to look forward to.”

The princess has previously been engaged, to Swedish lawyer Jonas Bergström in 2009, a union which broke off the next year. However, with O'Neill being a US citizen, it is uncertain whether he will receive the same treatment as Bergström.

“When Madeleine became engaged to Jonas it was immediately known that he would receive her dukedoms, and would become the Duke of Hälsingland and Gästrikland,” Lundgren explained.

“The king can’t make an American citizen a Swedish duke. He has to become a citizen of Sweden first and these things take time, but it should happen before their wedding in summer.”

In terms of the wedding itself, Lundgren does not expect the same flair that heralded Victoria and Daniel’s ceremony in 2011.

“It won’t be as big and as fancy as Victoria’s, and it will probably be in the palace church. Instead of 1,400 guests we can probably expect 500," he said.

"And there probably won’t be kings and queens of other European countries at the ceremony.”

While O’Neill may receive the dukedoms, he is never eligible to be the king, according to Lundgren, as the financier is not a direct blood relative of the king.

“Chris is just the same as Prince Daniel, he can never be the head of the state. But his children will be in line to the throne,” Lundgren told The Local.

The pair’s official announcement, via the Royal Court:

Förlovning / Engagement from Kungahuset on Vimeo.

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12:09 October 25, 2012 by Mpf
He should get his citizenship before the wedding in the summer. So one doesn't have to follow the same rules as everyone else wishing to gain Swedish citizenship as long as you marry into royalty!

I thought I had moved to the land of equality where everyone was treated the same. I guess some are treated differently to other after all.

Ummm a road I should have tried lol.
12:26 October 25, 2012 by Twiceshy
Great, we taxpayers get to pay for someone else's wedding again.
13:27 October 25, 2012 by intrepidfox
I am a royalist but how much will we have to pay this time. A castle in the USA and one in Sweden, the wedding and guests etc etc. They get enough anyway and dont forget the Bernadette´s first king was only a lackey sent by Napoleon so really they stole the crown.
13:37 October 25, 2012 by Beavis
Shes marrying Rimmer from Red Dwarf?
13:45 October 25, 2012 by bubbagump
It is unlawful for an American Citizen with any "Office of Profit" to accept a royal title of any kind without US Congressional approval.

"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State."

Those crazy founding fathers and their distrust of unelected monarchies. Hooray for the Constitution!
15:27 October 25, 2012 by Jes
---nice parted hair again !!
16:16 October 25, 2012 by skumdum
It's pretty disgusting that she's marrying a colonist.
18:32 October 25, 2012 by Greysuede
No men in Sweden for Princess to get married?
20:38 October 25, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Well that explains why she has been living in New York lately. Well, I do wish them a nice marriage I hope they will be happy.
01:12 October 26, 2012 by philster61
MPF. He is also a British Citizen as well, and therefore EU.As he is born in London. So technically she is a marrying a Brit. (well done girl) . He would be entitled to residence in Sweden as a member of the EU. I am not certain if his British citizenship entitles him to a Swedish entitlement but he would be to British one. Also remember that Princess Mary of Denmark was fast tracked Danish citizenship and she previously held Australian and British citizenship...... There probably is a clause in Swedish constitution somewhere that allows the same.......

Greysuede.. She is probably sick of the metrosexual, high maintenance drama queens that so many of Swedish "men" are......
11:58 October 26, 2012 by Mpf
@philster61

Granted he can claim residency by the rules state you cannot apply for citizenship until you have been resident for 5 years or 3 years if you are married to a Swede (which he isn't yet). So he can't become his Dukeship for atleast another 4 years if they don't get married until next year.
21:53 October 26, 2012 by Greysuede
@philster61

Can't see any difference between Swedish metrosexuals and British faggots LOL

If me Maddie, I'd probably choose for Swedish one ROTFL
02:22 October 27, 2012 by philster61
The difference is there is ten times the amount of metrosexuals than British fagots. lol....

And Maddie obviously didn't choose a Swedish one. LOL....
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