Maria Schultz, who works on the web edition of one of Sweden's biggest business publications, posted on Facebook on Thursday morning that she had been woken up at 4am by a member of Sweden's Royal Court, who informed her that the king had not received his paper edition of Dagens Industri.
She said that she had first asked why the king could not just check the news online, before questioning “but this is a joke, or?”.
Schultz said she had then explained that she was not one of the most senior managers at the newspaper.
“We decided to call a few numbers and yours was among them,” the court staff member then allegedly told the digital editor.
After Schultz rang the official back at around 8am to ask if the copy had been delivered, she said she was told “no, but DN (Dagens Nyheter) and SvD (Svenska Dagbladet) have arrived”.
She added that the man then apologised for waking her up overnight before explaining that he needed to hang up in order to “hoist the flag”.
“This is by far the funniest thing I have come across in a very long time,” Schultz posted on Facebook, beneath a complete transcript of the conversation.
On Thursday afternoon Swedish newspaper Metro quoted Ulrika Näsholm, a spokesperson for the Royal Court, who confirmed the alleged phonecall had taken place.
“The king got his papers sent as usual to Drottningholm [the royal family's palace in northern Stockholm], but at the Royal Palace in Stockholm Dagens Industri was missing,” she said.
Asked about whether all the alleged details of the subsequent call from the Royal Court were accurate, she said: “I have no knowledge of what they talked about. I just know that he believed that he called customer service”.
The king arriving in Vänersborg on Thursday morning. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
News of the early morning wakeup call quickly went viral on Thursday morning, with Schultz telling The Local: “I am surprised. I never thought it would be this massive.”
She added that she had had no further communication with Sweden's Royal Court.
Anne-Christine Jernberg, a press spokesperson for the Royal Court told The Local that she had also been shocked by the huge media interest.
“I have had calls from everywhere,” she laughed when contacted by phone at around 11am.
“Of course he [the king] is anxious to stay updated with the news.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf spent Thursday visiting both Vänersborg and Uddevalla in west Sweden where he met officials from Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) as well as a Syrian family recently granted residence in the Nordic country.
The king has already visited asylum seekers in Norrköping in Malmö in recent months and in his keynote speech at the opening of parliament last Tuesday he focused on Europe's refugee crisis.
“In recent weeks the number of people displaced has increased dramatically. It is a tragedy that has touched all of us emotionally,” he said.