Expressen tells about the private meeting this summer - about the Queen's father and a German group with links to the resistance movement during World War II.
Letter exchanges and a member list will inter alia link Walther Sommerlath to smuggling of Jewish refugees.
The meeting took place on July 17 at Solliden Palace.
Shortly before, Erik Norberg had a hint that a family in Malmö found information about the Queen's father, Walther Sommerlath. Norberg researches Walther Sommerlath on behalf of Queen Silvia and immediately booked a meeting with Tomas Sielski, IT consultant in Malmö with Polish background.
In his family archives, Sielski has found correspondence from World War II where a person, driver Otto, provides more detailed descriptions of Walther Sommerlath's activities during World War II.
Queen Silvia, who for several years has been committed to cleaning his father from Nazi attacks, became immediately interested.
Tomas Sielski tells how the family - Tomas, wife Eva and children Maja and Julia - had to cancel their holiday to go to Solliden Palace and meet the royal family.
- We were in Cyprus and suddenly Erik Norberg called and insisted that we should cancel our plans. We were going from Cyprus to Malmö and then to Mallorca. But he said the queen wants to meet you and looks forward to the meeting. He said that our facts seemed to match the things they checked and that she was very keen.
Sielski had found correspondence with details about Sommerlath and an item belonging to the Sommerlath family.
- The Queen knew it because it belonged to her mother.
Sielski tells us how for three hours he described his family material for Crown Princess Victoria, Queen Silvia and Erik Norberg at Solliden Palace.
- At first only me and then the rest of the family was allowed to come in and answer a lot of questions from the Crown Princess and the Queen.
- We were there for three hours. It was surprising for it all was scheduled for 45 minutes. Actually, my wife and the children shouldn't have been with, but when the queen heard they were nearby they were sent in. The Crown Princess went out to pick them up from the park.
Sielski tells him he was taken by the meeting.
- It was a surreal feeling when Silvia served us coffee. The queen spilled some coffee and the crown princess said it was an old carpet that certainly had some stains.
Tomas Sielski's wife Eva has previously described the meeting on her blog:
- A while later we sat on a couch, drank royal coffee, and chatted the Crown Princess while T continued discussing Otto's history.
Erik Norberg confirms the contacts with Tomas Sielski but does not want to comment on the meeting. He does not want to comment on how the Queen and Crown Princess assessed the information. He still estimates that the data from Sielski can be important pieces of puzzle in the story of Walther Sommerlath.
Margareta Thorgren confirms that the royal family has met Tomas Sielski and his family.
- That's right. The king, the queen and the crown princess met the family this summer at Solliden. The family has found interesting information in their family archive which the father reported during the meeting with the royal family. It was a nice and nice meeting, she says, continuing:
- The Royal Family often has private meetings that concern different issues. There is nothing unusual. The content is nothing we usually comment on.
Why was the meeting important?
- The Queen's investigation of her father's life is obviously an open investigation in progress. New puzzles are constantly showing up, pieces of puzzles that have to be reviewed and valued.
Who took the initiative to the meeting?
- I don't have any information of that.
Mötet om drottning Silvias pappas förflutna _ Kungligt _ Expressen
It's interesting though that Expressen's photographer Sven Lindwall was at Solliden then...
Eva Sielski about the meeting at her blog:
While I and the children walked among the beautiful garden, T sat at the Palace, just a bit away, describing Otto's history. Suddenly Julia received a cryptic sms with the request that we should immediately head to the main entrance. There we met the Queen's adjutant who led us in the private area just outside the main entrance to Solliden Palace. Outside the entrance we were surprised by a puppy who just jumped and gave us no choice - both me and the girls just had to pat on nice Brandie. The puppy's owner presented himself as Carl Gustaf and he welcomed us to the Palace. There we met an enchantingly beautiful Queen Silvia and her equally beautiful daughter, Crown Princess Victoria. We suddenly felt an atmosphere of royal dignity, which affected our courage, but it was immediately balanced by the Queen's and Crown Princess's down-to-earth personalities. A while later we sat on a couch, drank royal coffee, and chatted with the Crown Princess while T continued discussing Otto's history.
I would like to say a big thank you to the Queen and Crown Princess for the opportunity to attend T's report lasting almost 3 hours.
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