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Chris O’Neill tells of joy over new Swedish prince

New dad Chris O'Neill told reporters on Tuesday morning of the family's baby joy after his wife, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, gave birth to their second child yesterday afternoon.

Chris O'Neill tells of joy over new Swedish prince
Chris O'Neill with his eldest child, Princess Leonore of Sweden. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB scanpix/TT

“I am tired but very happy,” O'Neill told reporters on Tuesday morning. The dad-of-two smiled and gave a thumbs-up as he left Danderyd Hospital north of Stockholm just before 8am.

Madeleine gave birth to the couple's baby boy on Monday afternoon, just two days after her brother Prince Carl Philip married Sofia Hellqvist in a busy week for the royal family.

“They were overjoyed and there were tears of happiness. It was very beautiful,” head doctor Sophia Brismar Wendel told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

The new little prince was born at 13:45 according to a press statement by the Royal Court, weighing in at 49 centimetres and 3,080 gram.

He is sixth in line to the Swedish throne and is the second child of the Swedish princess and her British-born American financier husband O'Neill. The couple's first child, Princess Leonore, was born in New York in 2014.

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It has been an eventful few days for the Swedish royal family, with Prince Carl Philip marrying Sofia Hellqvist in a lavish ceremony on Saturday. The occasion was attended by his then heavily pregnant younger sister.

Sweden's new prince is the third royal baby to be born in Sweden in three years. Victoria gave birth to Princess Estelle in 2012.

Madeleine, 33, and her American husband, 40, were married in Stockholm on June 8th, 2013. The pair returned to Sweden from the US earlier this year but announced last month that they were planning to move to London after the new baby's birth.

“The whole family intends to move to England at some point in the autumn…The plan has always been that the family eventually would move on. Chris' business is mainly in England,” royal press spokesperson Margareta Thorgren told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, which broke the story.

O'Neill's mother Eve O'Neill lives in central London, while his sister Tatyana is based on an eighteenth century estate just outside the city.

The royal 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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