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King: It was a long time ago

TT/The Local · 4 Nov 2010, 17:28

Published: 04 Nov 2010 17:28 GMT+01:00

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The book, "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.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon following the annual elk hunt at the Halle- och Hunneberg reserve on the shores of Vänern in western Sweden, the King chose not to answer any questions about the contents of the book.

"The book came to us quite late yesterday afternoon and I have not had time to read it yet. I cannot review a book that I have not yet read," the King said at the press conference.

However, he admitted that he had taken note of some of the information in the newspapers.

"I have seen a number of the headlines that have not been so nice. I have spoken to my family and the Queen. We will turn the page and go on now because as I understand it, this is about things that happened a long time ago," he explained.

The King spoke for between five and 10 minutes. He revealed that he participated in two hunting rounds during the day, but had not shot any elk.

"However, I saw the backsides of two of them," he joked.

At the end of his speech, he thanked everyone and welcomed them to come back for next year's hunt at Hunneberg. He then resolutely went around the corner of a red cottage, dodging questions from journalists such as, "What are you views on the degree of truthfulness in the book?" and "Have you been to Club Power?"

One of the book's chapters tells of the King's numerous private parties hosted at Club Power, which was 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 an alleged year-long love affair the King had with singer Camilla Henemark, a founding member of the band Army of Lovers who was born to a Nigerian father and Swedish mother. The relationship reportedly lasted about a year in the late 1990s with the knowledge of Queen Silvia.

After a while at the press briefing, the King was driven away in a large black Jeep. The meeting at Hunneberg attracted many journalists and photographs from Denmark, Norway and Finland.

"There is also great interest in the King in Norway. A book surrounded by scandal understandably generates interest. We had the story of Mette-Marit in our time, although she was not the King," said Kristian Mykleset of Norway's TV2.

Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit attracted a storm of controversy when she moved in with Crown Prince Haakon before they were engaged. Then a single mother, the father of her son was in jail for drugs offences at the time.

"However, the Swedish King is a head of state who is said to have had affairs with women and may have compromised national security," added Mykleset.

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 reportedly were deployed to search the homes of different women to confiscate pictures and negatives from the King's private parties.

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

A Sifo survey commissioned by Sveriges Television (SVT) shows that only one in four Swedes believe that journalists have the right to dig up scandals in the King's private life, while 50 percent of Swedes think that it is wrong.

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In Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, the strongest support for an examination of the King's private life comes from the Left Party, while a large majority of the Christian Democrats want to leave the King in peace.

Meanwhile, the book's publisher Kristoffer Lind of Lind & Co. reported that the book is selling like hotcakes.

"People are eager to read the book, even the King himself. So it is not impossible that we'll have to print more copies. The first print run isn't sold out, but we only have 5,000 copies left of a run of 20,000," he said.

Lind is confident in the book's sources and does not worry about a possible libel trial. He does not know if the women mentioned in the book will come forward should such a trial take place, adding there is nothing on paper saying it would happen.

There has been - and is - very strong demand for the book. Online bookseller Adlibris already sold 1,000 copies on Wednesday and many more were sold on Thursday.

"If we sell more than 1,000 copies in a day, that is quite a lot," CEO Pär Svärdson told Svenska Dagbladet, adding that only anticipated releases from popular authors like Stieg Larsson and Camilla Läckberg can reach such figures.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:54 November 4, 2010 by byke
Not a very good response or even attempt of denial.
19:22 November 4, 2010 by eddie123
why should the king respond to that? the press conference was scheduled to mark the end of his hunting season and not to respond to some phony scandal.
19:33 November 4, 2010 by Swedesmith
Who among us has not done stuff that we are ashamed of when we were young...or at least wish we had?
19:35 November 4, 2010 by zircon
Finally something happening in your dark country. The book seems a nice Christmas present close to the fire place. Naughty, naughty...
19:38 November 4, 2010 by adshasta
Says he hasn't read the book, can he?
20:01 November 4, 2010 by NickM
Sweden hides many things from people via Sapo. The Assange smear campaign, Palme´s assassination being two other glaring cases.
20:09 November 4, 2010 by Tennessee Thunder
But as Bill Clinton said,,,,I did not Inhale...lol.
20:31 November 4, 2010 by tolerance
its nice to learn that swedes do make mistakes too!

its like princess Madeleine who was said to have left his fiance Jonas because he cheated on her...but the truth is she is the once who cheated on him in the first place. He left her and went on with his own business..but the media were told to stay out of the whole drama and pretend that its Johans fault! ...
20:45 November 4, 2010 by mojofat
And...why is there a "king" again? What is it he does? Aside from appear for pointless "news conferences" after an elk hunt.
21:36 November 4, 2010 by saab
Being a King sounds like a good job. Where do I sign up?
22:11 November 4, 2010 by blursd
Well, at least Sweden has a King focus their rumor mill on ... we have ... Paris Hilton.
22:37 November 4, 2010 by visitorfromnowhere
@Swedesmith He wasn't young. And not many of us have used a "security" apparatus to cover our misdeeds even in our younger days. That is what I find disgusting. Some of us from outside Sweden had hoped that this really was a country of principle. And if I had the resources of a King, I'd at least make sure that none of my former lovers was homeless! You think he would have done that out of self-interest if not out of kindness.
22:46 November 4, 2010 by eZee.se
Interesting... but pointless. Who really gives a toss what the king of Sweden or the Queen of England or other moron monarch did in their youth? Oh yea, bored people who have little to do in their lives.

As pointed out above, who has not made mistakes in their youth? Even some very very smart ones.

Now, I dont follow the tabloids but if what "tolerance" said above is true, that would be an injustice. However, he didnt provide any link so... just a nutty conspiracy theory?
23:30 November 4, 2010 by Tanskalainen
A Lutheran Christian doing good works.
00:02 November 5, 2010 by svenskamerikansk
It's good to be king.

But this king is quite tame and harmless as compared to kings past.

All these 'revelations' are quite meaningless.

Now if he was a pope, well then you might have something to gossip about.
00:08 November 5, 2010 by Argentina84
LOL at post #14

Yes, we all make mistakes but then most of us are humble enough to admit them instead of hiding behind a respectable and impecable "His/Her Royal Highness" mask.
01:02 November 5, 2010 by pantheratigris
The king is dead, long live the king! :D
02:06 November 5, 2010 by janswed
I am bewildered by only one thing, why would the end of an Elk hunt end with an annual pressconferense ,that is the kind of activities my GrandFather were practising to feed his family,never once were a pressconference called and an annual one at that, does the Swedish press feel a need to cover such non event and someone the need to read about them?
02:44 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
@visitor Thanks for the correction. Truthfully, I am no big supporter of the monarchy. Personally, I think they are just high profile welfare recipients. And I grant you your point, as a representative of Sweden, he acted poorly.
04:00 November 5, 2010 by volvoman9
Just curious... Were the Sapo confiscating pictures and negatives of the king's private parties or private parts? I know it's a small thing but .......
08:18 November 5, 2010 by hpunlimited
The King rocks!!

I am not sure why things that happened a long time ago in the past is a "scandal". Lets just face it, I think that 99.9% of everyone here has done "something" in the past or had a "romantic interest". The king has a right to a private life as long as he is not engaged in criminal activities. I have no clue why people think that the King is not human like everyone else.

That is more than we can say about Mona Sahlin and others that have been stealing from taxpayers money etc.

What we see in the newspapers and from the book is more than just curiosity. It is yet again the leftwing marxist media with its propaganda.

Without the King Sweden would just be another leftwing and souless commie state or a souless state with warmongering president!
08:45 November 5, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
For all you naysayers out there look to yourself and see if you have lived a perfect life, in other words let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Not one human being one earth is without sin, so leave the man alone and his family. How about investigating the 3 journalist (that what they claim to be) check out their backgrounds and see if they are so lily white and clean. I won't bet a penny that either one of them is so perfect.

It's in the past and leave it in the past and these 3 men (if that is what you want to call them) are out for the MONEY and that is what stupid pay for this book so that they can get rich.
09:05 November 5, 2010 by Luckystrike
Some really "over the top" funny comments here :)
10:53 November 5, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
@eddie123 @Swedesmith @Swedesmith @hpunlimited good ones but @Sherian Elizabeth is much closer to her judgments upto a certain extend .....but i have a 2 different arguments here.

1) what happens if (the book) this is paid result of a "image destruction fraud"

2) who is the beneficiary ? (certainly not the king)

----- in a nuclear family unit,what is the best practice when a father does a mistake that you noticed ?
13:29 November 5, 2010 by visitorfromnowhere
@ Sheridan Elizabeth The problem with this is that it would allow any behavior. Blame would never be in order because nobody is perfect. You have set the bar so high that NO action can ever be blameworthy. That is no standard at all.

And as for what the journalists have done, the have not made presumably illegal use of the "security" service to cover up their misdeeds. To equate writing a book about it with doing it is absurd.
20:30 November 5, 2010 by NickM
King: "It was a long time ago"

So was the crucifixion.
13:28 November 6, 2010 by Rebel
Again, I hope this catches the attention of Hollywood.
13:08 November 7, 2010 by hogar2010
One more proof that monarchy should be abolished, it is tail from the middle age that survived bourgeoisie revolutions. Unnecessary cost for budget. But where are now people who always speak about tax payers and spending of their money, this time from the side of king, on prostitutes? And will you let your daughter to be model if they finish in bed with king, and other riches, for money?
17:55 November 7, 2010 by conboy
The man is a joke as is his constitutional role!
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