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Prince Gabriel: New Swedish royal baby’s name revealed

The newest member of Sweden's royal family will be called Gabriel Carl Walther, his grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf has announced.

Prince Gabriel: New Swedish royal baby's name revealed
The new baby prince. Photo: Royal Court

Princess Sofia gave birth to her and Prince Carl Philip's second child on Thursday last week.

His name was revealed after 11am on Monday at a meeting at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, attended by several senior representatives including Crown Princess Victoria and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

The King added that the new prince has been given the title Duke of Dalarna. His mother Sofia grew up in the Älvdalen area of Dalarna in west-central Sweden, famous for its almost-forgotten ancient language Elfdalian.


Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Crown Princess Victoria and King Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

One of the prince's middle names – Walther – honours Queen Silvia's father Walther Sommerlath, who died in 1990, while Carl is a common name among male members of the Swedish royal family.

It was not revealed why Carl Philip and Sofia chose the name Gabriel, which is not a traditional royal name in Sweden.

“We've seen the little one, and… it was a Gabriel,” commented a smiling Löfven.

Gabriel is the younger sibling to Prince Alexander, who was born in April 2016, and the latest chapter in a Swedish royal baby boom in recent years.

Prince Oscar, the second child of princess Victoria, was also born in 2016. He is the younger brother of five-year-old Princess Estelle.

London-based Princess Madeleine meanwhile revealed only last week that she is pregnant with her and her husband Chris O'Neill's third child, the younger sibling of Prince Nicolas and Princess Leonore.

Monday was an eventful day for royal fans across Europe. In the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they are expecting their third child.


The first picture of Prince Gabriel, with his parents Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. Photo: Royal Court

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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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