Swedish king shrinks his own royal fam­ily

Five of King Carl Gustaf ’s grand­chil­dren have ‘royal high­ness’ ti­tles re­moved to re­duce line of suc­ces­sion

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Richard Or­ange in Malmö

The King of Swe­den has re­moved five of his grand­chil­dren from the coun­try’s royal house, to the de­light of Swedish repub­li­cans. King Carl XVI Gustaf ruled on Mon­day that the chil­dren of his two younger off­spring, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip, would from now on be treated as pri­vate ci­ti­zens. They will no longer have the ti­tle of royal high­ness, will not be ex­pected to carry out of­fi­cial du­ties and can no longer ex­pect a share of the royal al­lowance as adults.

THE King of Swe­den has re­moved five of his grand­chil­dren from the coun­try’s royal house in a his­toric step that brought cel­e­bra­tions from Swedish repub­li­cans.

In a sur­prise de­ci­sion, King Carl XVI Gustaf on Mon­day ruled that the chil­dren of his two younger off­spring, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip, would from now on be treated as pri­vate ci­ti­zens.

They will no longer have the ti­tle of royal high­ness, will not be ex­pected to carry out of­fi­cial du­ties and can no longer ex­pect a share of the royal “apanage”, the king’s state-funded an­nual al­lowance, when they be­come adults.

“We have a grow­ing royal fam­ily and the king finds it proper to de­fine who within the royal fam­ily should be ex­pected to per­form of­fi­cial du­ties in the fu­ture,” said Fredrik Wer­säll, the mar­shal of the realm.

The three chil­dren of Princess Madeleine, Leonore (five), Nico­las (four) and Adri­enne (one), and the two of Prince Carl Philip, Alexan­der (three) and Gabriel (two), will now have a sim­i­lar role to that of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eu­ge­nie in the UK. The UK princesses have not been work­ing Royal fam­ily mem­bers since they left full­time ed­u­ca­tion, do not re­ceive pub­lic fund­ing, and are not re­quired to at­tend of­fi­cial en­gage­ments.

Karin Len­n­mor, the for­mer ed­i­tor of Sven­ska Damtid­ning, Swe­den’s lead­ing royal gos­sip mag­a­zine, said it would be wrong to see the rul­ing as a de­mo­tion. “I think it was out of con­cern for the grand­chil­dren ... They have the op­por­tu­nity to grow up in a dif­fer­ent way.”

Swe­den’s or­der of suc­ces­sion states that those in line to in­herit the crown should grow up in Swe­den, lead­ing to crit­i­cism of Princess Madeleine who lives over­seas with Christo­pher O’neill, her British-amer­i­can hus­band, first in Lon­don and now in Mi­ami, Florida.

“Chris and I think that it’s good that our chil­dren will now be bet­ter able in the fu­ture to lead their own lives as pri­vate peo­ple,” she wrote on In­sta­gram.

Lisa Bjur­wald, the chair­man of Swe­den’s repub­li­can as­so­ci­a­tion, told the Ex­pressen news­pa­per that the de­ci­sion was “a ma­jor vic­tory in the repub­li­can bat­tle”. “It’s def­i­nitely worth crack­ing open a lit­tle Pom­mac or mini-cham­pagne to cel­e­brate,” she said.

The rul­ing ap­peared timed to pre­empt a re­view of the ap­panage sys­tem.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia

‘I think it was out of con­cern for the grand­chil­dren. They have the op­por­tu­nity to grow up in a dif­fer­ent way’

said they were pleased that their chil­dren would be “freer” while re­tain­ing their ti­tles. “They will con­tinue to hold their ti­tles as princes and their duke­doms of Sö­der­man­land and Dalarna, which is some­thing we value and are proud about,” they wrote on In­sta­gram.

The news will be wel­comed by those who favour a more stream­lined British Royal fam­ily. The Queen’s chil­dren, her cousins and their spouses have an ac­tive role in pub­lic life, but in fu­ture it is un­likely to in­clude so many faces.

The Prince of Wales is un­der­stood to ap­pre­ci­ate the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits, while Zara and Peter Phillips proved it is pos­si­ble to be born into the fam­ily with­out re­quir­ing pub­lic funds. The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex an­nounced that their son, Archie Mount­bat­ten-wind­sor, would not take a royal ti­tle, giv­ing him greater free­dom as he grows up.

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