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Swedish King to face book's love affair claims
King Carl XVI Gustaf: Bengt Nyman/Flickr (File); Camilla Henemark: Wikimedia

Swedish King to face book's love affair claims

Published: 03 Nov 2010 18:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Nov 2010 18:52 GMT+01:00

Sweden is bracing for the release of a controversial book detailing the private life of King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has announced he will comment on the book during a Thursday press conference.

While the King usually holds a press conference at the conclusion of his annual elk hunt, which ends on Thursday, this year’s event is expected to draw more journalists than usual as it coincides with the release of a new, controversial book about the Swedish monarch.

The book, entitled “Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken” (‘Carl XVI Gustaf - The reluctant monarch’), reportedly provides a rare and detailed look into the King’s private life, including details of love affairs, wild parties with Swedish models, and connections to the underworld.

Written over the last two years by a team of three investigative journalists and authors, Thomas Sjöberg, Tove Meyer and Deanne Rauscher, the book has sparked numerous and wide-ranging debate in Sweden about the limits of the free press and how the Swedish media have covered the King.

After word of the book’s impending release broke earlier this week, Swedish Royal Court officials admitted that the press conference following the annual elk hunt at the Halle- och Hunneberg reserve on the shores of Vänern in western Sweden may be the busiest ever.

As of Wednesday, the Royal Court of Sweden had not yet received advance copies of the book, according to press director Nina Eldh, so it had no comment on the publication.

However, the King has agreed to a press conference on Thursday afternoon, where he is expected to be inundated with many questions unrelated to the elk hunt.

"The King will certainly comment on it in any case," said Eldh, who is fully aware that there will be many additional journalists at the press briefing this year.

"We have been here before. However, the King is not holding the press conference for the book. It is a press conference for the hunt," she added.

Anticipation is so great and sensitivity so high that the editor of the Aftonbladet newspaper, which on Wednesday published a summary of some of the allegations detailed in the book, also published a defence of the paper’s decision to publish entitled “Truth or libel”.

“Much of what is claimed in the book has been rumoured for years, but it hasn’t been possible to verify,” wrote Aftonbladet editor Jan Helin.

“It’s relevant to give the public knowledge – not only that Sweden’s head of state has been charged in a new book, but also of what.”

According to the newspaper, the book contains a number of details about the King’s wild parties, an alleged affair, as well as claims that Swedish security service Säpo pressured women to turn over compromising pictures of the Swedish head of state.

One of the book’s chapters tells of the King’s numerous private parties hosted at a Stockholm club run by gangster Mille Markovic in the early 1990s.

According to the book, the King and a group of friends regularly had the club to themselves on Monday evenings for nights filled with elaborate meals and capped with liaisons in a whirlpool with scantily clad women aspiring to be models.

According to Markovic, he enjoyed having the King as a patron because it minimised the chances of unwanted visits by the police.

The book also tells of alleged year-long love affair the King had with a Swedish singer and model. According to the Expressen newspaper, the object of the King’s affection was Camilla Henemark, who was born to a Nigerian father and Swedish mother and who was once a founding member of the band Army of Lovers.

In 1994 she also hosted an erotic-themed programme on Sweden’s TV3 called Seventh Heaven.

The relationship reportedly lasted about a year in the late 1990s and with the knowledge of Queen Silvia.

According to the book, the King was quite smitten by Henemark, who goes by the stage name La Camilla.

“The King sometimes looked like a love-crazed school boy and on one occasion they talked about running away together to an isolated exotic island,” reads the book.

The book also touches on some of the measures employed to ensure the King’s alleged wild side remained hidden from the Swedish public.

In some instances, Säpo agents were deployed to search the homes of different women in order to confiscate pictures and negatives from the King’s private parties.

According to the Aftonbladet report about the book, Säpo agents secretly snooped around in various flats and otherwise pressured women who partied with the King.

“If the rolls of film and pictures and negatives aren’t turned over some unpleasant things will happen,” reads the book.

Speaking with Aftonbladet, Säpo spokesperson Patrik Peter would neither confirm nor deny the allegations.

“We have no information to offer and we’ haven’t read the book,” he said.

The books reliance on anonymous sources, as well as the decision to publish intimate details about the King’s private life, has led to a debate about how Sweden’s royals are scrutinised by the media.

Upon hearing about the book, producers of Uppdrag Granskning, the Sveriges Television (SVT) investigative news programme, met with the authors last summer to discuss possible collaboration.

But the journalists employed by Sweden's public broadcaster ultimately decided not to join forces with the "Reluctant monarch" authors.

"We decided that we maybe had higher standards for judging sources than what they had," Uppdrag granskning reporter Janne Josefsson told Expressen.

"The image of the King has been rather one-dimensional and people do not know who he is. I think that in principle, it is good that biographies of this type are written," Bengt Gustavsson, executive editor of celebrity magazine Hänt Extra, who has not yet read the book, told the TT news agency.

Gustavsson also has no problem with much of the content for the book being based on anonymous sources.

"I assume that they follow journalistic rules and they are not alone in using anonymous sources. That is why there is informant protection," he said.

Many probably think that exposing this kind of information would be like sitting on a goldmine for gossip columns, but it is not the case, emphasised Gustavsson.

"It has never been commercially feasible for the celebrity press to write negatively about the royal family. People who want to read about the royal family are monarchists and those who are republicans do not buy our publications," he said.

Sweden’s press ombudswoman Yrsa Stenius said the royal family can be covered like anyone else.

"It is not wrong to write about the royal family as long as it is relevant to the family's reputation and position. However, it must be accurate. Even the King's family has a right to privacy," she said.

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16:29 November 3, 2010 by Swedesmith
Do we really need to pry into the private lives of every celebrity?
16:59 November 3, 2010 by Bigd
Cant help but notice the resemblance between The king and Jim broadbent

http://nymag.com/images/2/daily/entertainment/07/09/18_broadbent_lgl.jpg
17:01 November 3, 2010 by The Nine
Jesus, she gets around. When I was working with The Cult in the early 90s she sh***** Haggis, the bass player.!!
17:27 November 3, 2010 by zircon
Ha! Now the truth will come out. And then the king looked quite formidable and monogamous more than any other mortal, when standing next to the Queen who has the looks equaly formidable of a fine woman. And now we hear of a special nursery room...
17:40 November 3, 2010 by Rishonim
He is the King for crying out loud and he should be able to enjoy a few spoils just like the rest of us.
17:56 November 3, 2010 by Jan M
What a shame the rest of us don't get all the other perks he's given too in that case. Privilege without responsibility. Something that only truly gullible population can give to a monarch.
18:04 November 3, 2010 by Great Scott
Yes time for something juicy.
18:15 November 3, 2010 by StockholmSam
This is about the only reason I would want to be the king.
18:18 November 3, 2010 by RobinHood
"It's good to be the King". Mel Brooks
18:22 November 3, 2010 by facetedjewel
@Bigd

Good call! He does look like a startled Jim Broadbent.

Caesar's wife . . . indeed.
18:25 November 3, 2010 by Rishonim
Jan, but we have a lot more perks than the King. example; you can walk freely into any beer joint and wash down a few cold ones. You can flirt with the cougar standing next to you. You can bang a couple girls per week and no one with give a rats arse. You see, the royal family are like zoo monkeys without the freedom to do anything. I think deep down they wish they could just enjoy those perks we have and that we so take for granted
18:44 November 3, 2010 by Nemesis
The king has a sex life, so what.

Is everyone jealous?
18:48 November 3, 2010 by mojofat
Oh yes, let's feel sorry for the rich, pampered royals...no need to do anything in all of their lives except spend the taxpayer's money, travel on private jets and boats, and buy ferraris. It must be hell...you know, not being some anonymous loser hitting on cougars in a depressed pub. How envious they must be.
18:49 November 3, 2010 by kiokok
cheating on his significant other..... a true king w strong morals and values!
18:53 November 3, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Does he always look like that or are his hemorroids swollen?
18:58 November 3, 2010 by jjoensuu
Kungen? Jag skulle inte ha trott...

å andra sidan kommer jag ihåg att jag läste något liknande om Kungen i en Holländsk tidning när jag bodde där ungefär 8 år sedan. Tyvärr så var min Holländska inte tillräckligt bra för att avgöra ifall han bara anklagades för något sådant eller om han hade egentligen gjort något.
19:11 November 3, 2010 by Tanskalainen
I hope he washed the royal scepter afterwards.
19:16 November 3, 2010 by krattan
"the book has sparked numerous and wide-ranging debate in Sweden about the limits of the free press and how the Swedish media have covered the King"

I follow the two most credible news papers in Sweden, that is SVD.se and DN.se, and haven't previously read a single row about this alleged wide-ranging debate. Aftonbladet is a Swedish substitute for the British "The Sun" and has the same level of quality. And this article here is of course a mere commercial for this new book.
19:54 November 3, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
At least they haven't yet blamed Sofia Arkelsten for this......
20:02 November 3, 2010 by anticommie
What do you expect out of a drunk welfare sh1thead that never worked a day in his life.
20:18 November 3, 2010 by Tanskalainen
By the look on his face she gave him something more than just sex.
20:23 November 3, 2010 by conboy
Who said people on social welfare were doing badly he looks as happy as a pig in poo!
20:31 November 3, 2010 by Mb 65
Good luck to him i wish i was a king.
20:42 November 3, 2010 by Nathan
Everyone's privacy including the king's should be respected. I think it is ugly and disgusting to publish his private life in a book.
21:56 November 3, 2010 by dizzymoe33
I want to have hottub parties like the king it is not fair!!! LOL
22:14 November 3, 2010 by PoJo
I think it is very good that something like this will be published in Sweden. It's a step towards media freedom. I don't know why, but people here always pretend to be blind and deaf when it comes to controversial issues, especially regarding the royal family. I totally believe that everyone has got their right to privacy, but cheating is not privacy: it's just wrong. What image does a King give to his people if he behaves in such irresponsible ways? I do believe that this book will sell a lot. Swedes are hungry for such gossip.
22:21 November 3, 2010 by Rishonim
PoJo. why is cheating wrong and according to who? Just a question
23:00 November 3, 2010 by Swedesmith
I have to admit, the picture of the king looks like he's in the middle of a prostrate exam.
23:40 November 3, 2010 by facetedjewel
@SS

Um, 'prostrate': - to put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or

adoration

- completely overcome and lacking vitality, will or power to rise

OTOH, this is also funny.
00:21 November 4, 2010 by dizzy09
booooooorrrrriiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnng!!!!!!!
04:12 November 4, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
Some people just don't understand,private life and the King of Sweden,besides

Official duties also needs and should have His privacy,afterall,He is also a human

and unless He is at fault officially,then I don't see anything wrong in what He did

and does privately,if there is no conflict of interest.Please spend yours' valuable

time to find out why so many towns and cities of Sweden has got more immigrants than native Swedish.
04:39 November 4, 2010 by VicTaulic
Sweet Jesus, who cares?
04:58 November 4, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
Of the three (3) people that wrote this book, let him who is without sin cast the first stone. I say to all that everyone of us has a past regartdless of who you are. How about someone doing an investigation on the 3 journalists? Even a king, layman, businesswoman or child has the right to some privacy in life. If I could afford it, I would investigate the 3 so called journalists, This is just a money making scheme.
05:59 November 4, 2010 by Da Goat
ROFL great comments.

I was just wondering if kings and Camilla always have affairs, pommy Charlie got to keep his Camilla after he bumped his queen.

yeah the old codger needs some excitement sometimes ... looks like he is due for some more!
07:13 November 4, 2010 by ITkiwi
@Bigd - you're right! And your comment reminded me of my favourite Blackadder 'Queen of Spains beard' (how appropriate) episode where broadbent plays the funny as f%#k translator
09:19 November 4, 2010 by Alf Garnett
The levels to which some people will stoop to make a name or a few quid for themselves, never ceases to amaze me.

The integrity of these "biografist" should be delved into meticulously, see if they have any skeletons.
11:20 November 4, 2010 by LuxVeritas
The elite don't feel love. Their humanity and sanity is all but bred out of them.

All that remains are bottom feeding parasitic life forms void of ethics or morals. Put a person in a suite, clean cut, manicured, prepped for presentation and it makes a world of difference, but it certainly doesn't represent anything below the skin.

Almost all self-styled elite come from a gene pool of rapists, murders, plunderers, torturers and the dregs of human history.

Don't believe me, do your own research.
11:22 November 4, 2010 by duncs
If he had chopped her head off afterwards it would be more interesting!
11:25 November 4, 2010 by Rebel
Maybe the king can make a guest appearance on 21/2 Men???
12:51 November 4, 2010 by marianne667
The King is an ordinary male w/ his brain between his legs.
13:32 November 4, 2010 by gabeltoon
Come on you people"GET A LIFE".Put your energies into something that will benifit everyone.Try putting and end to terrorism.
13:51 November 4, 2010 by PoJo
@Rishonim

Ask your conscience!
14:21 November 4, 2010 by zircon
37- Interesting theory.
17:41 November 4, 2010 by zooeden
Hail to the king never the less everybody... Next!!!
04:05 November 5, 2010 by volvoman9
Were the Sapo interested in photos of the king's private parties or parts? It's all so tawdry.
09:01 November 5, 2010 by OllieCrafoord
A man has had sex, what?
13:37 October 16, 2012 by Helge Krupski
Open Information for prosecutors and police in Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") -

http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski

Open letter to The Royal Court of Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski
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