• Sweden's news in English
 

Princess Madeleine: Chris is my soul mate

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

"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."

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLE

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.

Oliver Gee

Follow Oliver on Twitter here

Related links:

Your comments about this article

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....
Today's headlines
Asylum seeker drop in Sweden and Denmark
Asylum seekers in Katrineholm, Sweden in February 2015. Photo: TT

Asylum seeker drop in Sweden and Denmark

The number of people applying for asylum in Sweden was cut in half in January, compared to figures from September 2014, but the country remains set to experience record refugee arrivals throughout the year. READ  

EXCLUSIVE
Swedish drug addicts seek 'better' help in UK
Castle Craig. Photo: Castle Craig

Swedish drug addicts seek 'better' help in UK

One of the UK's leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres is opening its doors to Swedish drug addicts and expats living in Scandinavia amid concerns that the treatment in Sweden is hampered by bureaucracy and fails to offer therapy in English. READ  

Alfred Nobel's will on display for first time
Alfred Nobel (right). Photo: TT

Alfred Nobel's will on display for first time

Alfred Nobel's will creating the prestigious awards that bear his name will go on public display for the first time in Stockholm next week, a spokeswoman has revealed. READ  

Norwegian hires rival crews as strike continues
Services out of Stockholm's Arlanda airport were cancelled on Wednesday. Photo: TT

Norwegian hires rival crews as strike continues

Budget Scandinavian carrier Norwegian has asked Small Planet Airlines to operate some of its flights in Europe after around 700 of the company’s pilots went on strike. But dozens of services from cities including Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen remain cancelled. READ  

Swedish police quiz man over apartment blast
Two men died in an apartment blast in Nyköping. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish police quiz man over apartment blast

A 30-year-old man is being quizzed by police after two men died when a bomb exploded in an apartment in the Swedish town of Nyköping, it has emerged. READ  

Swedish Princess to give birth to baby in June
Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Swedish Princess to give birth to baby in June

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine is set to give birth to her second child in June. The Queen let slip the month during a state visit to Nordic neighbour Finland. READ  

Copenhagen shootings
Lars Vilks' first talk since Copenhagen cancelled
Controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks. Photo: Bertil Ericson/SCANPIX

Lars Vilks' first talk since Copenhagen cancelled

UPDATED: The controversial Swedish artist who was the presumed target of one of the Copenhagen terror attacks last month was set to make his first public appearance on Friday. But the talk has been cancelled over security concerns. READ  

Jay Z Swedish music takeover bid blocked
Jay Z performing in Stockholm on his 2013 world tour. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Jay Z Swedish music takeover bid blocked

A 464 million kronor bid ($56m) by rap mogul Jay Z to take over Scandinavian music streaming service Wimp – Spotify's biggest rival – has been blocked by the firm's Swedish owners. READ  

Wallström to speak at Arab League meeting
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Wallström to speak at Arab League meeting

Islamist extremist group Isis, a controversial Saudi arms deal and the Israel-Palestine conflict are likely to be hot topics when Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström speaks at the opening of an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Monday. READ  

Norwegian strike sparks Sweden travel chaos
Stockholm's Arlanda airport on Wednesday. Photo: TT

Norwegian strike sparks Sweden travel chaos

UPDATED: Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) cancelled all flights in Scandinavia and several journeys to other European cities on Wednesday as Swedish and Danish pilots joined their striking colleagues in Norway. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching: March 4th
Sponsored Article
'Sweden needs to get its act together'
National
Just four Pegida supporters turn out to anti-Islam rally in Sweden
Accelerated for Ice Music
Dylan guitarist makes music history in Sweden
National
Could March bring record-high temperatures to Sweden?
Blog updates

27 February

Editor’s blog, February 27th (The Local Sweden) »

"Our most read story this week got picked up by global media from Al Jazeera to..." READ »

 

18 February

The mysterious -s, part 2 (The Swedish Teacher) »

"-s expressing “each other” (reciprocal verbs) You have most likely used this form of the verbs..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Expert US tax preparation for Americans in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Eknäs, Nacka
Lifestyle
Madonna set for first Stockholm gig
Sponsored Article
Ten tips for succeeding as a start-up in Sweden
Technology
How you could soon be charging your phone from Ikea furniture
Sponsored Article
Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?
Gallery
People-watching: February 27th - March 1st
Business & Money
Ten Swedish start-ups you haven't heard of (yet)
National
How could Swedes' passion for 'fika' help cut nerve disease?
National
IN PICTURES: Swedes in 'ring of peace' protest
National
Why Copenhagen attacks led a Swedish uni to cancel artist's lecture
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Super cute sloth twins charm visitors to Swedish zoo
Lifestyle
Meet Sweden's first woman chef to win a Michelin star
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: February 26th - March 5th
Accelerated for Ice Music
What is Bob Dylan's guitarist doing in northern Sweden?
Features
How well do you know Sweden's top celebrity couples?
Business & Money
Are company boards 'too white' in Sweden?
Gallery
People-watching: February 25th
Technology
Sweden is dubbed second most 'digital' nation in European Union
National
Why more Swedes want a sex change
National
The return of Sweden's Ace of Base
National
Why has Julian Assange's case been going on for so long?
National
'21' or 'IS'? Swedish police confuse birthday with Islamist extremism
National
Spring has sprung in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Ängelholm
National
How to never miss your favourite weekly features on The Local
National
Is Sweden home to the world's oldest living cat?
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The life and career of Fredrik Reinfeldt
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Princess Estelle through the years
National
Why are Swedish Jews worried?
Gallery
People-watching: February 19th-22nd
National
'Racist' bird names banned in Sweden
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden this week
National
Nobel prize to go under hammer
National
Swede named 'Fanny' banned from getting UK loyalty card
National
Spotlight on the Swedes that could be funding Islamists
Sponsored Article
Are you an American expat? How to face FATCA
Gallery
People-watching: February 18th
National
Is a chocolate crime wave sweeping across Sweden?
National
What we know about the Copenhagen shootings suspect
National
Danish Ambassador: 'We'll live our lives the way we always have'
National
What does this '90s pop act have to do with a former minister?
Lifestyle
How to embrace Sweden's creamy semla bun tradition
Sponsored Article
'Immigration is critical' for Stockholm’s future
Sponsored Article
Stockholm job fair helps immigrant entrepreneurs
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

976
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se