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Madeleine speaks out over break up 'heartache'

AFP/The Local · 19 Nov 2010, 13:50

Published: 19 Nov 2010 13:50 GMT+01:00

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"What I went through was very private, and that everything was so out there made it a very difficult period in my life," the princess told business daily Dagens Industri in her first interview since the very public break-up in April.

The palace had announced in August 2009 that Madeleine, now 28, was to marry 31-year-old Jonas Bergström, a Stockholm lawyer she had been dating for seven years.

But in a short statement in April, the palace said the couple had "gone separate ways" after intense media coverage of the allegedly troubled relationship, including claims from a Norwegian woman that she had an affair with Bergström.

The princess left Stockholm for New York shortly afterwards.

She now works there with the World Childhood Foundation, a grant-giving organisation set up by her mother in 1999.

"It was nice to leave Sweden just then. I had already earlier wondered about maybe moving to New York, so it followed naturally to move here," she told the paper in an exclusive interview from the US city.

She credited her older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, with helping her through the break-up, including one instance where she stood in for her at an official engagement.

Since leaving for New York, Madeleine has only seldom returned to Sweden, making a public appearance at Victoria's June 19th wedding.

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The princess was on Friday in Stockholm for a forum on children's rights, and told the paper she would only return at Christmas, meaning she would be absent at the Nobel Prize gala, an event traditionally attended by the entire royal family.

The Swedish royal family has been in the spotlight this month following the publication of a tell-all biography of the king, which in turn prompted detailed revelations in the press from an alleged former lover.

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14:41 November 19, 2010 by lux.veritas
I wish you a speedy recovery from your emotional pain.

But, look on the bright side, you're not unemployable, unemployed, starving, you have plenty money, good health, a family, a future, you are not being tortured, invaded, robbed, raped, abused, indoctrinated, blown to bits in a war that profits government and elite interests....and you are able to persue study or career you wish, without concern. You are young and very pretty.

I hope that cheered you up. Now spare a thought, time and perhaps do something genuine for the people of your country or another. Maybe some of my friends photographic art and literary works will help cheer you up. jonsol69.blogspot.com
15:05 November 19, 2010 by Tanskalainen
I will marry her.
15:12 November 19, 2010 by Swedesmith
I am hear to help.
15:26 November 19, 2010 by bchamlagai
7 years of relationship they had and break up?what a funny and humurous things to hear?can't she able to know him during that period?what they used to talk?i am surprised by the fact that why people take so much long time to marry and enjoy the tag so called boyfriend or girlfriend?amazing culture even royal family can't turn their loooonnng relationshin into marriage.all they love is BREAK UP,SPLIT,EX ....,DIVORCE etc
16:49 November 19, 2010 by Rolle
How the hell did Bergström even started to go out with one of the most beautiful girls in the country to begin with?
18:39 November 19, 2010 by Traveler2010
She's hot.
20:03 November 19, 2010 by frey
yeah she is hot, isn't she? i would enjoy coffee and cigarettes with her. does she ski well? does she ride horses well? can she sing? could she explain to the american public the dollar fifty's worth of mathematics the health insurance companies use to drive their hegemony of the industry? or maybe she would just enjoy a little nora jones. what is her favorite color? (so little info on the net)
20:03 November 19, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
pfff...I can find you better looking girls in sthm...
20:37 November 19, 2010 by wxman
They are both hot, but if I had to choose, I'd take this one...
21:20 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
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03:07 November 20, 2010 by kingdavid
I have a feeling everything is going to be great for Princess Madeleine, she can live in peace and relative quiet in the U.S. if that is what she wants. She looks like an angel.
04:04 November 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
Not a huge fan of the royals...but, in their defense, it must be tough living your life out in a fishbowl.
05:02 November 20, 2010 by waffen
Bless you Princess Madeleine.

Always remember who you are and from what good stock you come. Your life will come around in time, just stay busy but also get out on the ski slopes as soon as possible.

That is the best therapy in the world.
08:36 November 20, 2010 by helveeta
Poor thing, I hope she finds true love!
09:15 November 20, 2010 by GLO
Well, I have a horse ranch in NC, need good helper. She looks pretty good to me, sure I can help her. We have one of the best beaches in the USA.
10:36 November 20, 2010 by Argentina84
Isn't it strange that she decides to talk about her past break-up when the media is chasing her father? Or maybe just a coincidence! ;)
15:57 November 20, 2010 by kingdavid
Calmate Argentina 1984 dejala tranquila a esta seniorita! Es muy linda y parece buena mujer que no le da mucha bola a la prensa...eso sirve. Yo creo que ella es lo maximo. Vistes el gol de Messi contra Brasil? Dale Argentina siempre-El Pibe de platino, Sebastian "Iaian" De Toffoli.
18:11 November 20, 2010 by whatnowki
Why are you in New York? Dude!!! Come to San Francisco!! it's so much better.....
19:28 November 20, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
come to sweden and we'll fix her an immigrant boy friend...haha.
20:13 November 20, 2010 by Bumblebeetuna
She's hot and Single. Give me a call. i'll make you feel better.
21:06 November 20, 2010 by spo10
sigh...royals...and their royal pains...tsk
22:18 November 20, 2010 by Nilspet
Fact: Princess Madeleine is definitely one of the most beautiful women there are in Sweden.
22:38 November 20, 2010 by GLO
Looks like shes pretty popular with the guys, myself included. Good Luck Girl.....
23:39 November 20, 2010 by Rishonim
Madeleine looks like a Mole Rat. Those of you who think she is hot need to get off the juice
00:19 November 21, 2010 by sgt_doom
Say has this svenskhead, Princess Madeleine, ever accused Julian Assange of anything yet?

I fully expect to read about such an accusation shortly......
09:32 November 21, 2010 by kingdavid
People are criticizing her because she might be talking about her breakup to take attention from her father's problems. What is wrong with that? She loves her family and she is doing what she can to protect him. That is called family, dig it. At the same time she is trying to help kids all over the world and you people rag on her. Shame on you. Je vous aime Maddy Josephine!!!
11:33 November 22, 2010 by grantike
Madeleine speaks out over break up 'heartache'

that is the title where is the details ??????
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