The venue is chosen and the guest list drawn up ahead of Princess Madeleine of Sweden“s summer wedding to Chris O”Neill in a little over three months time. Sadly this week though her nuptials were the subject of unwanted attention thanks to unsubstantiated rumours of a family rift.
It was recently alleged that the bride had fallen out with her brother, Carl Philip, because she did not want his girlfriend, Sofia Hellqvist, to attend her nuptials. But those reports are completely untrue, the prince has confirmed.
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In keeping with tradition, the son of King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia attended the Vasaloppet, an annual long-distance cross-country ski race held on the first Sunday of March. And while there he granted an exclusive interview with Aftonbladet to dismiss the allegations, which he said had left him feeling “very saddened and outraged”.
The handsome 33-year-old absolutely denied a family argument had taken place, adding that he was very happy to see his younger sister so in love and happy.
He was joined for the interview by model Sofia, 28, who said, contrary to these reports, she actually gets on very well with Madeleine. “I have always felt welcome and well treated by Carl Philip”s family,” she said. “It”s sad the media has invented this drama because there has been none of that. Madeleine and I have a good relationship”.
“Obviously we are excited about the wedding. Chris has a great sense of humor and clearly makes Madeleine very happy”.
Adding further weight to the couple”s words, Madeleine herself took to her personal Facebook page to not only link to the online edition of the interview, but to also send a loving message to them during their “adventure” in the snow. “My dear brother and Sofia, I wish you luck today,” the 30-year-old princess wrote.
Carl Philip”s romance with Sofia has long intrigued royal followers since they started dating in 2010. The love affair was seemingly confirmed in July of that year when the Head of the Department of Communication moved to block the publication of the former glamour model posing naked.
But their relationship has gone from strength to strength. In September 2010, Sofia moved in to the dashing prince”s apartment, close to the royal place in Stockholm, and, along with Madeleine”s fiancé Chris, was invited to the christening held for Princess Estelle in May last year.