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First snaps of Sweden’s baby prince revealed

Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill have shared the first pictures of their new baby prince.

First snaps of Sweden's baby prince revealed
Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill's baby son. Photo: The Royal Court

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Sweden's Princess Madeleine gave birth to the 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.

“I am tired but very happy,” her British-born American businessman husband Chris 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.

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A few hours later, O'Neill returned accompanied by the couple's eldest daughter, Princess Leonore, who was set to meet her new brother for the first time.

“Leonore thought he was a doll,” he said later, but added the siblings' first meeting had gone well.


Sweden's newest royal baby. Photo: The Royal Court

The parents are set to officially name their son, who is sixth in line to the Swedish throne, on Wednesday, before parliament takes its summer break.

Awaiting the formal announcement, The Local got people tweeting the #choosechuck and #backbjörn hashtags after suggesting the new baby could be named Chuck to honour O'Neill's American heritage or Björn after the member of Sweden's most famous pop group ever, Abba.

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According to Sweden's Aftonbladet, Eugen is the most popular name being bet on at Swedish bookmakers, with Oscar, Wilhelm and Paul also popular.

But the tabloid suggests its readers would like to see the new prince called Zlatan (after Sweden's top goal scorer in history, Zlatan Ibrahimovic).

However Swedish historian and author Herman Lindqvist told the newspaper: “I think the chance is very small. I do not think Chris O'Neill knows who Zlatan is, he probably thinks it's a drink.”

The couple's first child, Princess Leonore, was born in New York in 2014.

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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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