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Swedish Princess to give birth to baby in June

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine is set to give birth to her second child in June. The Queen let slip the month during a state visit to Nordic neighbour Finland.

Swedish Princess to give birth to baby in June
Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The proud grandmother-to-be revealed the news to Swedish and Finnish media in Helsingfors on Wednesday.

"We look forward to it so much and also to the wedding in June," she said and added she hoped the two royal events will not clash, as Prince Carl Philip is set to tie the knot with his fiancée Sofia Hellqvist on June 13th.

The Royal court had previously revealed the Princess is due to give birth in summer, but the month of the expected delivery had not yet been formally announced.

“A lot of things are happening in the same month so you never know. But hopefully they won’t clash,” the Royal Court’s press officer Margareta Thorgren, told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet on Wednesday, following the Queen's comments.

“It will be an intense month and most of all a very fun start to the summer with a wedding as well as a birth. But it could also happen in July instead,” she said.

Princess Madeleine and her British-American banker husband Chris O’Neill announced in February that they planned to stay in Sweden for the foreseeable future with their new baby and their one-year-old daughter Leonore.

The royal couple returned to Sweden in December, after having lived together in New York, saying that they wanted time to decide where in Europe to base themselves in the future.

Princess Madeleine told Swedish media that she no longer wanted to live so far away from her relatives in Sweden.

According to registration documents submitted by the royal to the Swedish tax agency, and obtained by newspaper Expressen, when explaining the reasons for her move back to Sweden she ticked the alternative "I'm going to live in Sweden" and when specifying the length of her stay chose "permanently".

The couple are currently living in an apartment owned by Sweden's royal family in central Stockholm.

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Scandal-hit Frenchman ‘groped Sweden’s Crown Princess’

Jean-Claude Arnault, the French photographer at the centre of the crisis at the Swedish Academy, has been accused of sexually harassing no less a figure than Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria.

Scandal-hit Frenchman 'groped Sweden's Crown Princess'
Crown Princess Victoria. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
According to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, three sources, at least one within the Academy, claim to have witnessed Arnault groping the Crown Princess’s bottom at an event put on by the body, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature. 
 
The Swedish feminist Ebba Witt-Brattström, who was present at the event at Villa Bergsgården in Stockholm, told both Expressen and Swedish broadcaster SVT that one of Victoria's aides had leapt to her rescue.
 
“Her female aide threw herself forward and pushed him away,” she said. “She pushed away his hand.” 
 
After the alleged transgression, the Academy’s then Permanent Secretary Horace Engdahl was reportedly instructed by the court to “undertake measures” to ensure that the Crown Princess, then still in her 20s, would never be left alone in the company of the then 60-year-old Arnault. 
 
The story, if true, is another blow to the claims of longstanding Academy members, Engdahl in particular, that they were unaware of Arnault reputation as a serial sexual harasser.
 
“We can’t comment on that particular information,” Margareta Thorgren, press officer at the Swedish Royal Court told the newspaper, although she said the court supported the #metoo movement against sexual harassment. 
 
“The information surrounding Jean-Claude Arnault which the media has reported since the autumn is terrifying,” she added. 
 
Svenska Dagbladet has translated their scoop into English German, and French
 
In November, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported accusations from 18 different women that Arnault had sexually harassed or assaulted them, either at Forum, the cultural centre he helped run, or at apartments owned by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm and Paris. 
 
Arnault is married to Katarina Frostenson, a poet and Academy member, and is reportedly a close friend of Engdahl's. 
 
The photographer has denied all the accusations of harassment and his lawyer on Saturday told Expressen and Swedish broadcaster SVT that the new accusation was “false and erroneous”, and had been “released to slander and damage him”. 
 
“The claimed transgressions never took place,” Arnault said, according to his lawyer. “This is idiotic”. 
 
The accusations have thrown the Academy into turmoil, with no fewer than six Academy members stepping down as a result, four in protest at the way they have been handled.
 
Katarina Frostenson and former Permanent Secretary Sara Danius said they would both leave their seats on April 12, after a tense meeting at which Frostenson reportedly said she would not resign unless Danius did too.  
 
Only ten of the Academy’s 18 members are still active, and the institution is expected to decide next Thursday if it will award the Nobel Prize this year, or postpone it to next year.
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