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Princess Victoria: 2011 a 'very rough year'

Clara Guibourg · 29 Dec 2011, 10:13

Published: 29 Dec 2011 10:13 GMT+01:00

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Sweden's royal family has been rocked by scandals and a steep drop in popularity this past year.

For the first time, the silence on the matter has now been broken, as Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Silvia discuss how they feel about the negative coverage of the turbulent events, in an open-hearted interview to be broadcast on Sveriges Television (SVT) on Thursday night.

"It's been a very rough year," Victoria tells SVT.

Since the publication of "Carl XVI Gustaf – den motvillige monarken" ('Carl XVI Gustaf – the reluctant monarch') in November 2010, a string of scandals have followed, as Sweden's major tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen have taken turns in publishing the latest unsavoury details.

Meanwhile, Queen Silvia has been forced to confront alleged ties that her father, Walther Sommerlath, had to the Nazi Party.

The book about the King detailed alleged porn club visits, affairs, and connections to the criminal underworld.

Following its publication, close friend of the king Anders Lettström contacted reputed gangster Milan Sevo to stop allegedly incriminating pictures of the king seeing publication.

Although the King has categorically denied involvement with Sevo, Aftonbladet recently published a recording of Lettström's conversation with the well-known criminal, which indicates that King Carl Gustaf was aware of the connection.

When one of these pictures, depicting a younger King watching a porn show, was published recently by Expressen, discussion broke out over its authenticity.

It is now fairly well-established that the published picture was manipulated.

"It hurts very much to see your parents written about in the harsh way that has actually been occurring," says Victoria.

Queen Silvia has also been hard hit by the events of the past year, and allegations made against her husband.

"It's been a media storm, if I can be honest," the Queen tells SVT.

"I don't actually want to talk about it, it's incredibly hurtful. It's a situation where you're completely powerless. Someone else always has the last word."

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In the interview, Silvia explains why the royal family has not refuted the claims made by media.

"You can't deny everything every day. It's hard. That wouldn't make us credible either. Then it depends on what they're writing, what level it is. Should we stoop to the same level just to be able to comment on it?"

However, according to Victoria, the negative coverage of her family has had some positive side-effects as well.

"When I think back, it's also something which has strengthened our ties as a family," she says, according to Aftonbladet.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

10:52 December 29, 2011 by johan rebel
It is high time the Swedes get rid of this atavistic muppet show.
11:28 December 29, 2011 by Tamm O'Shanter
@ johan rebel

...well - if its a 'muppet show' who is your candidate for Miss Piggy, Hmmm?

You must admit, one's heart bleeds for these pampered, privileged elite known as 'the royals' - wherever they are. These days most of them claim to be doing a job. I would have been sacked from MY job if half of what is said about the Swedish king was 'pinned' on me
11:30 December 29, 2011 by swenrika
Although it is nice to have a Monarch, something to remind us of the past, it is somewhat a white elephant in todays times. It costs a LOT of money that could be more well spent I think.

As to the allegations, they are a public family and people will always take potshots at them, it must be hard, very hard standing that a life time. I'd also go visit a few clubs .. lol.. a LOT of clubs .. hehehe
11:38 December 29, 2011 by dizzy09
2011 a 'very rough year'...in what way? living on hard earned tax payers money?
12:23 December 29, 2011 by zircon
What is this with 'it was hard to live with' story! Bad boys get punished and wives and daughters have to deal with it, punto basta. If monarchy is without judgement it is like an empty womb with no chance of ever getting to see the miracle of birth. (In politics that would be 'rebirth' of the nation)

And then this past of Queen Sylvia and her father's relation to the Nazi regime of Germany. Collaboration is worse, wouldn't you think so? (Based on free will or conviction, accepting what is visibly wrong and giving you a place where you would otherwise never have been if under a 'good' government.)

Instead dance your waltz and choose your theme. It's almost New Year's eve. Speak softly?
12:55 December 29, 2011 by gabeltoon
Why do you SWEDES always pic on your royal family so much. They are a FAMILY and don't all families have things and events that they would rather not talk about. There is no one on this planet that could say they are squeaky clean. Just think how hurt you would be if everyone around you was talking and criticizing everything you do.As we are approaching another new year why don't you give it all up and start with a more positive outlook and give yourselves a break. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND LOOK FORWARD TO A BETTER FUTURE.
13:06 December 29, 2011 by byke
I think it speaks volumes when you have such a large and extended family who have lived off state finances for numerous years and who further more spend allot of time either not living in Sweden or spending a scrupulous amount of public funded money holidaying abroad , and claiming its for foreign relations.
13:16 December 29, 2011 by procrustes
For all of you Royal Family bashers, the odds are that you are guests in this country and your opinion about the Royal Family should be kept to yourself. I suppose most of you had mothers and she taught you some modicum of civilized behavior...or not.

The Queen is on the mark that commenting during a media feeding frenzy is worse than useless. The object of the news cycle is not fairness, it's sales and whatever is said cannot ameliorate even the grossest injustice/lie; it will be spun to generate more steam for the story and even more sales. The best is to say nothing as they did.

So, what have we learned about the Royal Family? Geewiz, they're human beings. Who would've guessed? What have we learned about the Swedish Press, well, nothing new: we've known what they are all along.
13:28 December 29, 2011 by Jes
Only losers see the monarchy as a threat to a well organised society . It takes minimum intelligence to figure out that the monarchy is actually a very effective advert for Sweden`s identity and "philosophical equity"

Fortunately , the majority of Swedes are not as dumb as some the floaters on this board .
16:26 December 29, 2011 by Åskar
In 1992 I proposed a suitable celebration of the two hundred years jubilee of the assassination of Gustav III, but nobody wanted to join me.
17:15 December 29, 2011 by jvtx3232
Oh just leave the royals alone. They're not hurting anyone.
17:33 December 29, 2011 by Lars-Göran
They´re not hurting anyone ???? The unemployment rate is at an all time high, the government thinks that if you lose your job it´s your own fault and all the while the royals live in luxury, are not subject to the law, do nothing and all on our tax money. I for one would rather spend those untold millions on those who truly need our help.
18:13 December 29, 2011 by Opinionfool
@procrustes #8

"For all of you Royal Family bashers, the odds are that you are guests in this country and your opinion about the Royal Family should be kept to yourself."

If you think comments like this about the Swedish Royal Family are made by invandares I'd suggest you go read some of the more responsibile English press and the jornalistic pieces about their royals. The half-baked criticisms here are nothing compared to the vitriol directed at the British bunch. Based on that I wouldn't make assertions like yours about Swedes and the Swedish.

Interesting to make comparison in other ways too Swedish royals say "a very rough year" but the British "Annus horribilis".
18:26 December 29, 2011 by Grokh
a very rough year? really? is she unemployed? is she living in a warzone ? is she oppressed by people of other faiths ?

has she struggled with drugs and alcohol ?

has she ran out of money and doesn't know how she will feed herself in the end of the month?

some people are quite blind to reality or simply completely ignorant of what would constitute a rough year.
20:35 December 29, 2011 by Douglas Garner
johan rebel... interesting for you to throw atavism out... nice big word. Did you stop there because you cannot support the claim? As Opinionfool suggests... just look at the leadership in most other countries. Taking shots a presidents, kings, and emporers is an international sport... but at least support your comments! To simply suggest that they have genetic defects is trite and boring.

As for others who criticise the monarchy... to me, they seem like nice people... a little bit nose up in the air at times, but relatively benign heads of state... and the state would not be the same without them! What do they actually cost us? A couple crown each per year? Not a bad deal in my book!
20:49 December 29, 2011 by dizzymoe33
You are better off with your Monarchy than with all the corrupt Presidents we have running our Country in the ground every year!!! Having a President is not what it is all cracked up to be!!! They don't care about the people they only care about the big wigs that paid all that money to their campaigns to get them elected. The Presidents are not loyal to their Country only to the dollar!
20:49 December 29, 2011 by jvtx3232
Plus, Madeleine is real pretty.

20:56 December 29, 2011 by Opinionfool
Douglas Garner #16

"To simply suggest that they have genetic defects is trite and boring."

He maybe right. The interbreed of many of the families of the crowned heads of state has produced genetic defects in many of them. The classic one being the hemophilia of the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (son of Tsar Nicholas Ii) that came down the family line from Queen Victoria. There's also the porphyria that King George III of England is believed to have suffered from and passed on to his heirs and successors. (There is some evidence to suggest that at least one member of the current British royal family shows symptoms of the condition.)

But yes trite and boring. But there is support for Johan Rebel's comment.
22:10 December 30, 2011 by Cheeseman
What is the political agenda of Aftonbladet and Expressen?

Are they the Fox News of Sweden?
23:20 December 31, 2011 by Observant
We have had enough written about the Swedish Royal Family. Let the year 2012 be tranquil and respected towards the Royal Family.

I take this opportunity in wishing each and everyone of the Royal Family a Very Happy and peaceful New Year in 2012
08:09 January 9, 2012 by Regor
It is something less than disgraceful to read some of the foreigners comments about the Swedish Royal Family! Personally

I have absolutely no respect for the many different varieties of Swedish politicians, nor the Police or the legal system and nothing but contempt for the Swedish media (or most of the US media either, for that matter).

But the royal family is one to look up to and even though I am not a Swedish citizen anymore I still hold them and their ancestors in the highest regard. To be a Swede used to be equal to reverence for the King and his family and it is obvious that most of todays foreign born quasi swedes haven't got a clue about what I am talking about!

You ought to be ashamed of yourselves!
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