Excerpts from a pretty frank interview in Billed Bladet #1, 2011.
Jeg bliver måske aldrig gift - I may never get married.
Interviewer: Annelise Weimann.
Who went to Berleburg to see Carina Axelsson before Christmas.
About her relationship with the DRF:
"I feel really well recieved by the Danish Royal Family. And I'm fine when I'm with them. It's Gustav's family, he loves them and so do I. I don't think about whether I'm considered a part of the family. I'm Carina Axelsson and that's enough for me".
- "It's the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess we see the most, and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. We are of similar age. But we see the entire family regularly, both in the summer, when we are at Gråsten and regularly thorugh out the year. But things can change, now that the CP-couple has moved in at Amalienborg. Perhaps we'll see more of the in the future".
She and Prince Gustav have lived together at Schloss Berleburg for five years and they live in the main building, while Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte live in an adjescent building.
Carina Axelsson is busy managing the restoration of the schloss.
Her main interests is books. She has no formal education but desrcibes herself as autodidakt, self-taught.
The locals address her: Mrs./Frau Axelsson. (*)
Q: Do you discuss the work with Prince Gustav?
"I discuss everything with him. It's his estate. It's he who says yes or no to my projects. I have many ideas and he has given me free hands. If the ideas are good, he will back them up 100%. He wish for me to be happy here. But I also like to discuss things with Princess Benedikte so that she knows what I'm doing. I don't necessarily ask her for permission, but I would like her to know what is going os, so that she is not feeling left out".
She and Benedikte don't help eachother in their work. Benedikte live half the year in DK and almost all her work is related to DK.
Carina's next project is to help the school in Berleburg.
Q: How is it to live so close to Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte?
"It has advantages as well as disadvantages. I would not recommend all families to live this close, but that's how it is here".
Q: Do you see the rest of the family much?
"No, not really. Our households are completely apart". Meaning they do not interfere with each others homes/businesses.
Q: Prince Richard in particular is known to be very frank?
"Yes, he's sepcial and sometimes that makes things more difficult. On the other hand it has forced me to be patient and a balance within myself. So the outcome is good. Prince Richard has a strong temper and he is direct. I've not grown up with someone like Prince Richard, so it has taken me a good deal of time to learn to genuinely get to know him. My own father is a kind and gentle man. But Prince Richard is as he is. And Princess Benedikte is a very sweet lady, friendly and very kind".
Prince Gustav haven't taken over completely from Prince Richard. They share the running of Berleburg and the vast estate. Carina adds: "Prince Richard isn't so much involved in the practical work, Prince Gustav is, because he has to. The generation of Prince Richard have spend their money in a completely different way from what you do today, so Prince Gustav's generation has to cut spendings. The old way, simply won't do anymore".
Q: The entire family is very fonr of horses, how about you?
"Yes, but I prefer Icelandic horses. Some years ago Prince Gustav took me with him to Iceland, I'd never seen Icelandic horses before, only on photographs, but I became crazy about them. They are wonderful and beautiful and one day we will have some here. Fortunately Prince Gustav also likes Icelandic horses, but honestly, the rest of the family don't. They prefer dressage horses. That's a pretty closed world. The world of dressage is known to be special. I may get in trouble when I say that, but you are free to write that".
She appears to know a lot about dogs, she knows more than 200 difefernt breeds of dogs. But with Berleburg being surrounded by wild animals, she's contend with just having her dog, Amber, around.
Q: You often wear a ring with a big ruby, encircled by diamonds (**). Is that an engagementring?
"That's a question I'd prefer not to answer. But no, it's not an engagementring. It's a very beautiful and lovely present".
Q: From Prince Gustav?
"Yes. But I will not say more about the ring. I'd like to talk about my work, but not my private life".
Q: We hope to announce one day that are going to marry Prince Gustav.
"I may never be married. I'm fully contend by being Carina Axelsson".
- And this was the last summary from Billed Bladet this week.
I will leave it to someone more in the know than me, to explain why Carina and Gustav cannot marry yet, in case anyone should ask.
(*) Interesting. I wonder if there are German parallells to Old Danish Law. According to that: A woman who held the keys to a house/estate for three years and acted and was treated like the mistress of that house, would after three years be granted the same legal rights as if she was married to the man, who owned the house/estate. - Regardless whether she or the man was married to someone else or not.
People, and the legislation was very practical back then. This was a way to go around the very difficult process of being divorced, or if the husband/wife had vanished, or if people simple fell in love with someone else and moved in together. - What to do in that situation? Well, they simply came up with a law covering that eventuality.
Don't even for one second think people didn't care that much about the law 500 years ago. On the contrary! The law was your only gurantee for any rights you had and people were almost obsessive about keeping to the letter of the law.
The top lawyers back then would have been more than a match for the top lawyers of today.
(**) I know, Sternchen, FasterB etc. but I know just as little about jewelry as I know about dresses.