Royal cull: Swedish heirs speak out after King boots children from Royal House

The eldest daughter and only son of the King of Sweden released two official statements on Instagram after it was announced their children had lost their titles. And they both welcomed the news as a positive change in their children’s lives as, they said, will now be freer to decide about their future. 

Princess Madeleine, married to English-American businessman Chris O’Neil, published a picture of herself and her three children.

The snap, where the loving 37-year-old princess can be seen holding her youngest daughter, came with a caption reading: “This change has been planned for a long time.

“Chris and I think it is good that our children now have a greater opportunity to shape their own lives as individuals in the future.” 

The youngest daughter of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine, married in 2013.

She gave birth to three children, Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland, born in 2014, four-year-old Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland, Princess Adrienne, Duchess of Blekinge, born last year.

Similarly, Prince Carl Philip, who married Princess Sofia in 2015, wrote in a caption to a picture showing his family playing under a tree: “We see this as a positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life.

“They will retain their Duke titles and their duchies, Södermanland and Dalarna, which we value and are proud of.

“Our family has strong connections to both areas and we maintain our commitment there.

“We will continue to focus on issues close to our heart.

“We will also continue to support the King and the Crown Princess – our future head of state – and participate in the King’s activities.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf announced yesterday his decision to slim down royal household to “establish which members of The Royal Family may be expected to perform official duties”.

An official statement from Fredrik Wersäll, the Marshal of the Realm, said: “His Majesty The King has decided on changes to The Royal House. 

“The purpose of these changes is to establish which members of The Royal Family may be expected to perform official duties incumbent on the Head of State or related to the function of the Head of State. 

“His Majesty The King has decided that the children of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and the children of Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O’Neill will no longer be members of The Royal House.”

The five grandchildren expelled from the Royal House will lose their titles of Royal Highness but remain Duke or Duchess. 

While their children will no longer be considered members of the Royal House, Madeleine and Carl Philip will continue their charitable work and perform official duties for the King and Queen.

With this move, the Swedish king has reduced the members of his family taking part in royal engagements to just a handful – including himself, his wife Queen Silvia, Madeleine, Carl Philip and the heir apparent Crown Princess Victoria.

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, Victoria’s children, will also be expected to take part in royal engagements once they reach the adult age, as they are second and third in line to the throne.    

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