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It could also be because Mathilde and Stephanie are simply not known to have had the sort of baggage that lends itself to sordid gossip and speculation. In other words they led what many consider boring, traditional and respectable pre-marital lives. They went to University, lived under the radar and got married.
But isn't that the case with most of the current princesses?
AFAIK, many of them came from stable families, got a good education, lived under the radar, worked, lead boring respectable pre-marital lives and some of them get an incredible amount of viciousness directed at them for decades.
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Nordic some did, some quite frankly did not. But since I don't want to go off topic I'm won't go into more detail.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:41 AM
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But isn't that the case with most of the current princesses?
AFAIK, many of them came from stable families, got a good education, lived under the radar, worked, lead boring respectable pre-marital lives and some of them get an incredible amount of viciousness directed at them for decades.
Nordic! I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly! You expressed my thoughts much better than I could have!
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:27 AM
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Nordic some did, some quite frankly did not. But since I don't want to go off topic I'm won't go into more detail.
Mette-Marit, Sofia and Camilla are the only counterexamples that come to my mind. Maybe also Letizia if you consider being divorced (but without children) as a liability.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:46 AM
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Perhaps it is time to answer some questions raised in this thread as it is insinuated that this thread is a breach of TRF policy and that the TRF mod. team is biased in allowing this discussion to take place. This is not the case.

Several issues of various royals have been discussed in special threads before. There is a thread for CPss Mette-Marit's past in the Norwegian forum, a thread about Q. Máxima's father and one of Pss Mabel's past in the Dutch forum, a thread for the first civil marriage of the Queen of Spain in the Spanish forum, a thread about the Wales-marriage or the political activities of the Prince of Wales in the British forum, various opinion threads on royals and so on. This thread therefore fits perfectly within the TRF policy as the moderators have been trying to implement since 2002.

The goal of these specific threads should be rather clear. This is a discussion forum and the point of a discussion forum is to discuss. However, we do realize that the same discussion can get repetitive and tedious for a vast majority of our membership. That is why instead of allowing these discussions in a multitude of threads we designate one thread for that purpose. While posting in such a thread we expect our membership -including the mod. team- to keep the TRF rules and FAQ in mind. The more so as we all agreed to these terms when we joined this forum. Insults, rudeness and fantastic speculations will not be allowed. Attacking other posters will not be allowed either.

Last year the Swedish moderators noticed that there was a large interest to discuss the past activities of Sofia Hellqvist. The topic was raised in each and every thread about her, both by her fans as by those who had critique. That is why we implemented the same strategy as we have used multiple times before: designate one thread -this thread- for that discussion. This was done to facilitate those who are interested in the discussion while keeping the other threads free from it for those who are not interested in the topic. This has been clearly communicated at the time and has been repeated several times since.

This thread has been moderated closely by the TRF moderation team. We work as a team we evaluate together where to draw the line within the framework of the TRF Rules & FAQ. Cross-checks by a team is a good way to ensure a consistent and fair policy for the entire forum and it is something that happens on a daily basis at TRF. However this should not prevent the moderators of having an opinion and expressing their opinion in threads. Moderators are members too; members who volunteer to keep this forum organised, structured, balanced, informative and pleasant. Personal opinions of moderators should not and do not influence their moderation. Again: team evaluation of issues is a safety net to make sure that this does not happen.

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Old 04-15-2015, 12:03 PM
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Mette-Marit, Sofia and Camilla are the only counterexamples that come to my mind. Maybe also Letizia if you consider being divorced (but without children) as a liability.
For a "normal" fiancée it would perhaps be a non-issue. For a Catholic royal fiancée of a traditionally Catholic country? Yes it was a liability and a huge one, for which some of the press and segments of the Spanish public continue to hold against her. Both Wallis Simpson and Camilla Parker-Bowles received abuse for the same thing. Caroline of Monaco is a princess who received severe criticism for her behavior with her first and third husbands that continues to this day.

Being an aristocrat did not give her immunity from criticism.

Charlene and Kate invited controversy not for being commoners. It was for acquiescing to a decade long period of cohabitation before marriage.

Can you give me the names of any princesses or aristocratic Consorts who shacked up for ten years before marriage to their princes? In Victoria of Sweden's case she didn't have a choice. She was denied permission to marry the man she loved, a man whose character and reputation was beyond reproach.

In Maxima's situation I found the controversy particularly unfair. She did nothing wrong except be the daughter of a man who had a bad reputation in Argentina.

I am not giving these examples to rag on these women. I am giving them as examples that Terri Terri's theory of aristocrats getting the white glove treatment online and in the press is demonstrably false.

Otherwise how to explain the situations in Spain with Juan Carlos and Cristina Borbon? In England with Prince Andrew?

The press and public don't care about blue blood anymore. If there is dirt to dish, it's going to be dished period.
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Old 04-15-2015, 12:22 PM
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Totally agree with Moonmaiden: Royals are no longer "untouchable"..... except maybe the ones in Japan and in some Islamic / Non-Democratic Countries.

So maybe we have to stay with the European Royals.
But even the Queen, today an ICON of age and nearly-untouched, was heavily criticized for her behaviour after Diana´s Death.
Same was with King Juan-Carlos - as too many scandals approached during the same time, his "secret contract of silence" with the press vanished.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:34 AM
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Sofia's own soon-to-be sister in law Princess Victoria uttered a rather terse "no comment" when she was asked about her brother's upcoming wedding during the Korean State visit. How simple would it have been to say "She is lovely, I am happy for both of them" or something equally mild and generic? Do you REALLY believe that if the Royal fiancée was someone without SH's background Victoria would have answered as she did? Or was Victoria being petty and unfair as well?
I agree, Moonmaiden. This is a classic case of 'damned with faint praise'. Ouch!

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Good points, except that by saying nothing you simply add fuel to the already rampant speculation that the SRF are not all exactly thrilled with SH's imminent accession to their ranks. Victoria is not an idiot, she must have realized this.

She could have come up with something more noncommittal yet diplomatic than a terse " I don't want to talk about it"...my goodness! It's a family wedding, not an embezzlement controversy like in Spain or a sordid sex scandal like in England!

Speaking of the nastiness on Madeleine's FB page, she not only didn't object to them she let the derogatory comments about SH stay up.

And no, the negativity is not solely confined to the Internet.
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Yes, MARG. It is indeed fascinating how two people can sometimes read the same thing and come up with different interpretations.

And why exactly was the journalist "sleazy" for asking Victoria her brother's upcoming wedding? If you read the interview it was during the course of a relaxed question and answer period when lots of personal questions were being asked....i.e. about Princess Estelle's response to her mother's absence. It was perfectly legit for the reporter to ask about the upcoming wedding...ANY Royal with a family member having a wedding coming up would have been asked that question.

And the question was about the wedding in general...not about Sofia.

The question might be considered "loaded" by some SH fans but that is hardly the fault of the journalist is it?

Finally...what other recent Royal fiancée has had a thread put up to discuss her "PAST, and her future role" within her new family? Catherine Middleton? Stephanie de Lannoy?
Failing to make a generic, affable comment suggests strain to me. Someone in Victoria's position has 'canned answers' at the ready. Failing to make the politic response suggests strain, which could be for any number of reasons, but strain.

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I've never been a Sofia non-fan, I've just kind of watched neutrally. I don't dislike her, I don't think their marriage is the end of the royal world.

I don't and never did have an issue with her, but I do want to point some things out:

I do think some of the actions of CP's sisters, pointed out by Moonmaiden have been rather interesting. Victoria's "no comment" comment, Madeleine leaving negative posts up on Facebook (not sure what these people said). This suggests to me that perhaps the sisters are non-fans. Now this could be for many a reason other than they don't care for their future sister-in-law - I don't know. They could also perhaps just not care for her on a personal level that really has nothing to do with her past. I don't take this as a signal to dislike Sofia - maybe if I met the three of them at a party, I'd like Sofia but not like the other two, who can say?

People are suggesting that Sofia is well-liked and accepted into the royal family, and it's only people on the internet who have an issue. Not necessarily. Once royals make a decision, in the public eye they tend to support it in lock-step. And not everyone within a family may think the same way. Maybe Silvia adores her, CG just doesn't care and Madde can't stand her - or so many other combinations. As with most royal families, we won't hear of it, and we won't see anything but a united front.
Well summed up. Having watched the situation for a long time, it would not be surprising if the sisters-in-law don't get along, especially Madeleine and Sofia. Well said. I'll leave it at that. We cannot really know, but families do have their feuds and what-not. Royalty would be no different.
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It would somehow be interesting to see what their future lives will be. In less than 2 months, Carl Philip and Sofia will say their marriage vows. I hope that no one will boycott the wedding few days before it happens! I pray all the best for them - no extramarital affairs and divorce.

I also hope that the couple will take on a large part of duties off from the King and Queen, and CP Victoria and P. Daniel. If they want to have their appanage, they must prove that they deserve it ; )
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Carl Philip and Sofia shouldn't take any duties away from the king, queen, Victoria and Daniel. They should find their own roles and the areas they are interested in and work in them. For Carl Philip it is military, agriculture, events connected with food, dyslexia and sports. Sofia will probably concentrate on issues concerning children.
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Carl Philip and Sofia shouldn't take any duties away from the king, queen, Victoria and Daniel. They should find their own roles and the areas they are interested in and work in them. For Carl Philip it is military, agriculture, events connected with food, dyslexia and sports. Sofia will probably concentrate on issues concerning children.
On that I agree. The duties performed by the king and queen and Victoria and Daniel would probably not even fit them.

For the rest the discussion about her past in its broadest sense has slowly run its course - except for the diehards and some newbies. The wedding is approaching, so it's time to embrace the future and see what it brings
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[...] If they want to have their appanage, they must prove that they deserve it ; )
In my understanding neither Prince Carl Philip, the future Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Mr O'Neill nor the King's sisters and in-laws receive an apanage at all.

I understood that the King reimburses the costs when Prince Carl Philip or Princess Madeleine 'do' public engagements. For an example: when Princess Madeleine flies to Sweden in connection with the celebratoon of Sweden's National Day, this is funded by King's finances. Hoewever, when Princess Madeleine is doing activities for Childhood it becomes private. This means it is the public part which is financed by grants from the King.

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In my understanding neither Prince Carl Philip, the future Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Mr O'Neill nor the King's sisters and in-laws receive an apanage at all.

I understood that the King reimburses the costs when Prince Carl Philip or Princess Madeleine 'do' public engagements. For an example: when Princess Madeleine flies to Sweden in connection with the celebratoon of Sweden's National Day, this is funded by King's finances. Hoewever, when Princess Madeleine is doing activities for Childhood it becomes private. This means it is the public part which is financed by grants from the King.


There is a brief description of royal family/court finances in the English-language website of the Swedish Royal House.

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Article in today's Aftonbladet

Sofia partied wildly - with celebrities
Revealed her party life in New York City at an undisclosed blog

She hung out with world artist Puff Daddy and partied with actor Mark Wahlberg. The aspiring prince wife Sofia Hellqvist and friend Camilla Sundman wrote an unknown diary of the wild life in New York.
In Sofia Hellqvist's CV at the official website is told about her time in New York in the mid 00s. It states among other things that she read accounts with a focus on business development and trained as a yoga instructor. But the CV does not give the whole picture.
After participation in "Paradise Hotel" in 2005 Sofia and Camilla Sundman, best friend at the time, decided to move to New York where they came to spend three years.
- We thought it was hard after Paradise Hotel because it was so much. That's why I and Sofia went to New York. The goal was that we would go there and build something, says Camilla Sundman.
Via site Glife they started the blog in 2006 "In the city that never sleeps".
Until the end of last week the blog was in a report form on the site nouw.com. But then after Aftonbladet asked questions about the texts disappeared all materials from the site at the end of last week.
In the blog Sofia and Camilla wrote that New York has become their new home, the best accessory is a cocktail and that the partis has become everyday life.
- We had good contacts and people attracted to us when we went out. We had a very good charisma and became friends with everyone. Sofia and I belonged together in a very good way and became popular for our personalities, says Camilla.
The duo got to celebration circles and became close friends with the nightclub king Mark Baker and his then wife Vicky Andren. They partied with P. Diddy. Camilla remembers meeting with the rapper:
- We met him several times and he had his recording studio right next to where we lived. It was cool, we were in the studio when they were recording.
Another night they partied when Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg celebrated his birthday at the exclusive Cipriani.
- There are many models who daily use drugs. We did not hold on to something like that at all. We studied, we were out and then we went up and did it all that makes sense we would do the day after.
According to her, the girls' parents were never worried.
- You can trust me and Sofia. We do not do things. We had daily contact with them, and Sofia's parents greeted often as did my mother. We talked with them and were able to get guidance, she says.
But it was not just in New York Sofia lived out. On an after party in Las Vegas some time before the trip, she brought up Jenna Jameson's interest. The meeting ended with them kissing in front of a camera.
The court announced that Sofia Hellqvist is not available for a comment.
Sofia festade vilt – med kändisar _ Nyheter _ Aftonbladet

Aftonbladet has also saved the blog and one can read parts of the blog if one pays for Aftonbladet Plus.
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Nothing new here, but the strange thing the all this "material" that ìtaken down from internet... As were the infamous photos of Sofia... Never seen such a whitewashing...
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If she did worse things ,not saying she did, someone will sell out or photo evidence will appear.All ways does.
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I don't think it is that surprising that it disappeared. TBH I find it more surprising that the blog stayed around as long as it did. One would imagine that somebody in the press department of the palace would have discovered it before, considering the blog has been posted on social media, including this -and many other- royalty forum(s).

But indeed, one of my teachers once compared the internet to a sewer system that never gets flushed. Things will stay around. Though in this case I do not think the blog was that shocking. Just two young girls whose main occupation at the time was partying. That was the image you would get from the blog, but apparently Camilla Sundman remembers it differently in the interview.
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But indeed, one of my teachers once compared the internet to a sewer system that never gets flushed. Things will stay around indeed. Though in this case I do not think the blog was that shocking. Just two young girls whose main occupation at the time was partying. That was the image you would get from the blog, but apparently Camilla Sundman remembers it differently in the interview.
It is quite normal that memories change quite much with time, especially when your friend is becoming a wife of a swedish prince.
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Well, i found a saved piece of this blog... it seems thye told about their nights out, parties, boys etc in new york... But on some sites and forums it is rumoured there are nasty parts of this blog that are saved and ready to go out... Ijust think Sofia and her friend weren't all that shrewd to write down their own business...

a page of the blog:

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