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King won't sue publisher over tell-all book

TT/AFP/The Local · 5 Nov 2010, 09:22

Published: 05 Nov 2010 09:22 GMT+01:00

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Swedes flocked to bookstores Thursday when the unofficial, tell-all biography "Carl XVI Gustaf - the reluctant monarch" ("Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken") -- the first of its kind in Sweden -- went on sale on Thursday, providing details of wild parties and affairs with young women.

"We will not continue to pursue this," Royal Court press director Nina Eldh told Aftonbladet on Friday.

She added that it was the King's own choice to address the assembled press corp in Hunneberg outside Trollhättan on Thursday following the end of the elk hunt. In addition, he prepared what he would say by himself.

"The king is a wise man. They were his own words and what he wanted to say about this matter," said Eldh.

According to Eldh, the court will not open legal proceedings against the authors, adding she believed it was important for the king to speak up about it.

"It shows his strength that he is going about 'business as usual.' He held the press conference despite the fact that 58 journalists showed up instead of five. I think it is admirable," she said.

When asked whether it would have been possible for a member of the King's large staff to read the book before he spoke, Eldh noted that he only received the book on Wednesday and that he will likely not comment further on the book.

Shelves were empty in a number of bookstores across Stockholm and the publisher reportedly decided to print an additional batch of 20,000 copies.

"We had ordered in 100 copies, but they ran out in an hour or two. "It's quite unusual to sell so many books in such a short period of time," Nicklas Björkholm, the head of the Hedengrens Book Store in the heart of the Swedish capital, told AFP.

The three authors of the book, journalists Thomas Sjöberg, Deanne Rauscher and Tove Meyer, claim to provide a picture of what the king "is like as a person and how he is perceived by the people in his entourage."

They detail his youth and accession to the throne at the age of 27, but a large portion of the book's 338 pages are dedicated to describing the king and his friends' constant partying and playing around with young women.

It was "girls à la carte for the king gang," the authors write, relying largely on anonymous sources to describe numerous indiscretions, including with Army of Lovers lead singer Camilla Henemark, who they say had a year-long affair with the monarch at the end of the 1990s.

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"She knew Queen Silvia knew, but also that there was a risk that it wouldn't stop there. She was afraid she would become Sweden's most hated woman if her affair with the country's monarch became publicly known," the book says of Henemark.

The book also describes how Sweden's head of state put himself in danger by partying at dubious clubs, one of them in Stockholm owned by an ex-con, reportedly one of the main sources for the book.

Anticipation ahead of the release had been building for weeks in Sweden, with rumours of the book's scandalous content circulating, but few actual details leaking out in advance.

The authors have hinted to media they withheld the juiciest details from the public eye --- for now.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:49 November 5, 2010 by grantike
why would Sweden stop immigrant from coming in.it will never happen atlease the king had stuffs two girls from immigrant background. am so glad if the king felt it was OK.why not anyone

Camilla Henemark, the beautiful Swedish singer and model whose father was Nigerian and mother Swedish.

Silvia Sommerlath, an ­interpreter with a German father and Brazilian mother. She was ­working as an official Games hostess.now the queen

what a life.sometimes i believe we should stop talking to people about our private life.soon they will use it against you .i hate reporter and auto-biographers they are so ridiculous.sorry king

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1326783/How-King-Carl-Gustaf-Sweden-enjoyed-wild-sex-parties-strippers.html#ixzz14P4PN591
12:33 November 5, 2010 by Mb 65
Swedes are making me sick they are becoming like all the rest. rushing to buy this book so they can say they have it. it's like in the supermarkets any free tastings and they are fighting to get to them as if they were starving. The king did no more than any other boy or man does at his age. it is far better to to do all this before you get married and settle down and then start sleeping around. By not taking them to court is a great idea as it will not give this book more free publicity.

I like the Swedish royal family they are not stuck up like the English Royal family.
13:02 November 5, 2010 by Strongbow
It's probably the republicans (socialists, republikanska föreningen) that buys the book to find fuel for their hate. Most people in Sweden likes the king and his family. Even the swedish royalist tabloids says their readers aren't interested in such dirt and they'd lose readers if they published something dirty. OTOH rumors about the royal children's love affairs have always been game.
13:33 November 5, 2010 by visitorfromnowhere
@ Mb 65 People keep saying this kind of thing, that "the king did no more than any other boy or man does at his age". But that is doubly false. One, the king wasn't a boy when these things happened. Two, 99.99999% of boys or men don't use a "security" apparatus to cover up their misdeeds.
14:41 November 5, 2010 by Mb 65
Missdeed this is not a missdeed. 99.9999% of people do not have to use security as they are not a king, and this book totally proves the point of why he had to have security.
15:40 November 5, 2010 by karex
@Mb 65. In the 1990s the King was well past his youth and happily married for about 20 years. Technicalities aside, who am I to judge, or anyone else for that matter? This is a private family affair and should be treated as such, it's none of anyone else's business.

And I thought that Sweden was a unique country of civilized people who actually respected other people's right to privacy.... Alas, maybe I was mistaken. What a pity.
16:26 November 5, 2010 by haya212
@ Karex i agree with you , i thought that swedes where much more civilized and sweden is a country where there is privacy and freedom ! am suprised by the way they reacted to such book !
16:57 November 5, 2010 by Whitehall
I went to the US Amazon website to see if they had the boook. I pasted in the title from this article and hit "search."

The first hit was a biography of B.B. King, the black blues guitarist. The second hit was the biography of Laura Bush.

Guess the English translation isn't out yet.

I can wait.
17:22 November 5, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
@karex o haya212

how could you guys imagine that the swedes respects peoples' privacy...have u forgotten Tiger wood and elin. I only wished they could..

swedes hide under pretense.
20:38 November 5, 2010 by adshasta
You people act as if poor poor king, not like he ask to be the king. Come on let's be real here if he or any monarch can't take the heat, nobody is forcing him to be King. Just quit!
21:58 November 5, 2010 by munched
Whew! When they said he'd had an affair with an Army of Lovers member, all I could picture was that little gay dude with the beard. Kings with Queens, who'd be surprised?

Swedes seem to have missed the point though. Every year taxpayers give SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION kroner to this band of inbreds. Finally, we see where the money goes.
22:55 November 5, 2010 by Strongbow

The "little gay dude with the beard" Alexander Bard, which is openly bisexual by the way, is a prominent anti-royalist and debater.

The US also paid a lot of money to the inbred nepotistic family of Bush, both privately ($400,000 salary + expenses) and for their daily expenses and the White house. Not to mention what the airheads Berlusconi and Sarkozy gets. And they all get million-pensions until they are dead. Is there any head of state that is cheap? Well, the Swedish court is one of the cheapest in Europe http://www.e24.se/makro/sverige/svenska-kungahuset-billigt-i-drift_2090541.e24
08:53 November 6, 2010 by mikewhite
Drat, I thought it was an Elvis story ...
10:52 November 6, 2010 by steve_38
I read this and laughed and some of the comments are so stupid.

The Swedish royal family are no different to anyother, they get paid huge amounts to do very little. In the UK the only royal's worth bothering about were the Queen Mother and Princes Anne who both did lots of work, I wonder how many days work the Swedish royal family does.

They are all the same inbred idiots most of whom are as thick as 2 short planks.

I guess the reason he is not sueing is its probably true and he would lose a court case.

It just shows despite the press holding up the Swedish royals to be super human saints they are actually infact just the same as the rest of us(or worse).
12:05 November 6, 2010 by mikewhite
Someone I know who worked in London during the 60s says there were stories going round at the time about Prince Philip and various women.
17:11 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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