Princess Christina and Carl Otto Werkelid were interviewed at Radio P4 Extra about their book.
Prinsessan Christina fru Magnuson lär känna sin farmor – i ny bok 5 maj kl 15.25 - P4 Extra – Gästen _ Sveriges Radio
Princess Christina talks about her new life, after leukemia. She has a long sick time behind her, with her chronic leukemia and the very tough stem cell treatment she went through three years ago.
But now it has brightened for Princess Christina. She has just released her second book, She was called Daisy - Finding a Grandmother, and the work of getting to know Crown Princess Margareta - during three long winters in the Royal Palace archives - has been a good help on the road to healing.
- It has been a puzzle since no one who knew her is left, so I have been looking for clues and allowed to enter her world. And it's been an adventure.
This is stated by Princess Christina in P4 Extra, where she was a guest today with the host Titti Schultz. Or rather: Titti Schultz was a guest she Princess Christina, for the interview was done at the book publisher in Stockholm.
- For me, it is a very personal attempt, a selfish project to find my grandmother and to get into a person that I very much wanted to get to know.
The Margareta that Princess Christina met during the work emerges as a warm and spontaneous personality, but also with a seriousness and depth.
Have you found any events about Crown Princess Margareta where you felt that "no we can't bring this"?
- Yeah! But there will be no glimpses of it, because that is why they have not been taken!
But this is where Princess Christina's co-author Carl Otto Werkelid hawks a bit, and says that at this point they have not agreed quite:
- I probably wanted to bring little more than Christina has thought…
Christina, your grandmother was just 38 and pregnant with her sixth child when she unexpectedly died of blood poisoning. What made that your grandfather never wanted to talk about her after that?
- Yes, I have been thinking about that too. There are certainly different explanations. Of course, it was such a shocking experience for the whole family. And perhaps it was also the spirit of 1920, after the war, when so many had lost relatives. You couldn't afford to grieve in the way we do today.
Princess Christina also tells her that her grandmother and grandfather were so in love.
- It was something that I absolutely wanted to show with the book. And it is also something that feels very warm in my heart!
“How do you talk about this in the royal family? Do you walk around thinking about your relatives as historical persons? Or like ordinary people?" asks P4 Extras Titti Schultz. And Christina replies spontaneously:
- Well, like ordinary people! This is our family!
Then Carl Otto Werkelid gets asked if he has found any similarities between Princess Christina and her grandmother Margareta. And he answers sincerely, despite Christina's happy protest:
- There are similarities absolutely! It is precisely in this to be very grounded, to have a clear picture of what one is doing and what the role and mission entails. That there should be a balance. There is no affectation, but straight like it is.
- Haha, I don't hear this! says Princess Christina with a giggle.
Prinsessan Christina i ny personlig intervju! _ Svensk Dam