Victoria: I’d choose the throne over love

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has told a Turkish newspaper that she would give up her relationship for the throne.

Speaking in an interview with the Milliyet newspaper in Turkey, where she has been on an official visit, Victoria indicated that she realised that a princess could not marry whomever she wished.

“I was born to help Sweden and I try to do my best,” said the princess.

Asked whether marriage with her gym-owner boyfriend Daniel Westling was on the cards, Victoria replied that she had no marriage plans, “but obviously I would like to get married one day.”

Victoria said she would never give up her right to the throne, adding that she would choose her royal position ahead of love.

“I want to marry someone whom I love, and who is loved by the Swedish people,” she said.

Victoria and Westling have been together for four years, but there have been persistent rumours circulating in Sweden’s tabloid press that King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia doubt his suitability to be a member of the royal family.

Concerns about Westling include his poor English and his rumoured awkwardness in social situations.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen

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