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King welcomes friend's 'clarification'

TT/The Local/pvs · 24 May 2011, 16:29

Published: 24 May 2011 16:29 GMT+02:00

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"In response to the latest information in the media, I would like to say that it is good that certain clarifying facts have emerged in this way. I of course distance myself from any form of negotiation with criminals," the King wrote, according to the Royal Court.

The King however declined to grant any media interviews with respect to Anders Lettrström's email to the news agency TT.

"This is the comment that he wants to make" said Royal Court spokesperson Bertil Ternert.

Anders Lettström sent an email to the news agency TT on Monday evening confirming that it was he that made contact with criminals with the purpose of silencing sensitive material, assuming full responsibility.

"With this statement I want to ask my family, all my friends and not least the King for forgiveness for having harmed them with my initiative," Anders Lettström wrote in an email sent to the TT news agency.

Lettström continued to profess that he "is deeply regretful that he initiated contact with unprofessional and criminal people with regards to the book Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken" ('Carl XVI Gustaf - The Reluctant Monarch')".

He admitted that he had shown a lack of judgement and pointed out that none of his friends had been involved or had any information over what he had been doing.

"I had sought an understanding over how so many lies about myself and others could have been dispersed in a book. Others have since wanted me to buy pictures which I was not aware of, not seen and not wanted to buy and to get me to pay for denials of untruthful statements which I would never have dreamed of buying," Lettström explained.

When TT reached Anders Lettström by telephone he explained that he had written the letter as everything had assumed such large proportions and also led to other people having been exposed.

"There have been so many misinterpretations and speculation," he said.

"There is no rhyme or reason to what is happening in Sweden at the moment."

Royal Court spokesperson Bertil Ternert said that Lettström has been a hunted man and that there had been "an indication" that he was considering releasing something.

When asked whether that "indication" had reached him, Ternert replied:

"That I can't answer," denying that the Royal Court had any part in formulating the email.

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"What he does now or how he acts he does by himself. There is no involvement from the Royal Court," Ternert explained.

Lettström allegedly met with known criminals in an attempt to stop the publication of information about the king's rumoured activities at strip clubs.

The source of the information in the book is Milan Sevo, a former night club owner with alleged links to organised crime, who claims that he has some sort of photo evidence.

Recordings were recently released where Sevo's bodyguard, Daniel Webb and a person who says he is the King's friend, are heard having a discussion about how to contact one of the book's sources to find out what type of sensitive material he had.

Lettström at first denied making contact with any criminals, although the Royal Court later confirmed that it was his voice on the tape.

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

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Your comments about this article

09:10 May 24, 2011 by eton75
With friends like this who needs enemies ? I wonder how many other shady dealings this idiot has been up to in his business dealings . The King should part company with him ASAP .
10:08 May 24, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

You are damn right! With friends like Anders Lettström, the King does not need enemies. If the King does not send him to hell a.s.a.p., will be because he is, either too noble or as idiot as his so-called "friend"., something that I do not believe he is. Carl XVI Gustaf might be naive, but not stupid.

Furthermore, it is about time to stop portraying the Royal House like an evil house. If it had not been for the Royal House, the Nobel Prizes, Ingmar Bergman and the likes of Annika Sörenstam, plus

ABBA, Sweden would have stayed with the boarders in Malmö and Gothemburg. Just let them be and be thankful that you have

a Royal House promoting business and good image everywhere.

Do you sincerely believe that little people such as Reinfeldt, Juholt, Sahlin and company, would have done what the Royal House has done for this magnificent country?
12:58 May 24, 2011 by Rishonim
JL. Sorry to say but you are misguided and you sound like someone who has had a brain replacement. Bergman, Sörenstam, ABBA then group and ABBA the fish company successes has more to do with the talent and not with the so called "Royal Raggare House promoting business anywhere.

For you to attribute the success of company's like Alfa Laval, Ikea, H&M, WM Data, Sandiv etc to a promotion from the pimp King is a complete insult to the talents of those creative entrepreneurs.
15:53 May 24, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

You are the one who is misguided but your brains cannot be replaced because they do not exist. If you do not understand what I wrote, please do not comment anything. The Royal House, together with ABBA, Nobel Prizes, Annika Sörenstam and the likes, have been the ones promoting THE IMAGE of Sweden outside the boarders of Skåne. You must belong to the very little people pullulating in this beautiful country. Please, give me a break! Ane yes, they have promoted business for Sweden, whether you like it or not. Where have you been? Do you live in Kabul, in one of the caves of Tora Bora?
16:27 May 24, 2011 by Rishonim

LOL. I don't think one person has ever come to Sweden because of the royal family you little donkey brain. Probably one of those little fat toothless flag waving inbred from Mora. Say, how was the last episode of bonde söcker fru? I live in Monaco BTW so no polluting your gold paved road my little sharksucker ;-)
19:08 May 24, 2011 by zircon
Interesting: asking the King for forgiveness...
20:26 May 24, 2011 by conboy
How come Daniel Webb has never spent time in jail has he immunity from prosecution like the King?
23:23 May 24, 2011 by SW3_PJM

Funniest comment I have ever read on this sad site. Keep up the good work, and enjoy the Monaco sun...
07:39 May 25, 2011 by huckleberry
Does anyone really believe dirty ol Gustaf knew nothing about Daniel's 'dealings'?

He's even dumber than he looks . . .
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