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Alicia Vikander: I talked to Prince William about ‘The Crown’

Swedish Hollywood star Alicia Vikander has spoken about meeting the British royals during their visit to Sweden.

Alicia Vikander: I talked to Prince William about 'The Crown'
Prince William and Alicia Vikander. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Vikander, who takes over this March as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider franchise, was one of a small number of selected guests invited to the British Ambassador's residence to dine with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their official tour of Stockholm last week.

She spoke about the black-tie dinner, where she was seated between Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prince William, in an interview with Norwegian talkshow host Fredrik Skavlan, which aired in Sweden on Friday.

“Well, I've seen The Crown!” she joked about the Netflix series dramatizing the early years of William's grandmother Elizabeth II's reign. “It was actually the first thing my friend and I started talking about with William. Apparently he's a Game of Thrones fan, I was told.”

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Alicia Vikander with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the dinner. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Gothenburg-native Vikander said she did her best to keep her table manners in check:

“I was sitting there looking around me. I guessed that you were supposed to wait, but I was very hungry,” she told Skavlan, laughing. “Normally if you're more than ten people you're allowed to start eating, but nobody else did so I held back. I didn't even have a sip of water because I thought 'no, I'll just wait'.”

Fellow Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård also attended the dinner, along with several other representatives of Sweden's culture and business worlds, Swedish royals and high-ranking members of the government.

WATCH: That time Alicia Vikander sang Swedish drinking songs on US television


Stellan Skarsgård, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, Ambassador David Cairns and Crown Princess Victoria. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
 

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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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