So… what’s going on with Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel? They’ve always seemed happy together and adoring of each other in an almost wholesome way. They’ve been together for about twenty years, and married since June 2010. They have two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. There’s never been a whiff of scandal about them since their marriage, or at least not a whiff of scandal which has made it mainstream. But they posted this Instagram (above) with this message. Here’s the version translated by People:
“It has come to our attention that there are widespread negative rumors about our private relationship. Allegations are being spread about betrayal in the relationship and an impending divorce. Normally, we do not comment on rumors and speculation. But in order to protect our family, we wish to make it clear, once and for all, that the rumors that are now spreading are completely unfounded.”
So what is this all about? This is the first time where Victoria and Daniel have issued any kind of joint statement to combat negative press or gossip about their marriage. But then again, I’m not aware of much bad gossip about them anyway. It’s more than possible that the Swedish tabloid/gossip press has been running stories about the state of their marriage for years though, and that the goss has just never gone mainstream.
Speaking of, we were sent this story from a Swedish tabloid (I think it’s called Stop the Press), which claimed that Victoria and Daniel have been in crisis since Christmas, when she learned of an “incident” involving Daniel. This is why Daniel didn’t go to The Swedish Academy’s Christmas show (the palace claimed he had a cold and that’s why he didn’t go). Since then, Daniel and Victoria have been in crisis talks and couples therapy, and Daniel has also been talking to his father-in-law, King Gustaf, about what would happen if Victoria decides to divorce him. Victoria has also informed her father that she’s considering divorce too. According to these sources, Vicky and Daniel’s marriage woes have been an open secret among staff, especially since Daniel has basically moved out? The king bought a country villa, Villa Loviseberg, which will be Daniel’s home if Victoria divorces him, and Daniel has already been “seen” at the country home several times over the past month.
So… there seems to be some really detailed gossip about the state of their marriage, so much so that they issued the denial. Given the tabloid story, doesn’t the denial kind of read as terse? I don’t know. It could be that Victoria hasn’t decided whether or not she wants a divorce. Or it could be that they have had some problems and they’re working through them and all of this hit way too close. Or maybe it’s all bullsh-t.
While Victoria went solo at the Swedish Academy thing on December 20th, she and Daniel were together at an event on January 27 (Vicky in the black pantsuit). And before that, they were together at the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10th. Hm.
Photos courtesy of Backgrid.
I hope they’re ok although I do like some pure royal gossip though. I follow prince Carl & Sophia on IG, i wish we would cover them a little bit more, but if those 2 were to split, it would break my heart.
I don’t mean to be a Pollyanna but I hope the crisis is just gossip.
Same here. I have always really liked them as a couple and I will be seriously bummed if they split. 🙁
Me too! They make a lovely couple!!
This is how you address a rumour, not by suppresing and sugarcoating tabloid stories or even Twitter threads about rosebushes
EXACTLY! This is proper way to address a rumor gone wild.
Hmmmm…That’s a lot of very specific smoke for there to be no fire.
All of the ‘smoke’ is coming from only one tabloid plus posters on a hate forum.
It would not even surprise me that the english royals are the ones smearing others royals. They are the only ones feeding royal drama in the intl press since do many years. With no acess to HM in Cali, they are paying their rota with another couple. Victoria and Daniel want to shut it down quickly before it goes out of control.
Are you wearing a tinfoil tiara?
@DuchessL, seriously? I think Bill & Cathy are both awful people who treat others terribly, but even I think it’s a reeeal stretch to speculate that they’re the ones behind rumors about other European royal families, lol.
Don’t know about them spreading gossip. The BRF do consider themselves to be better than all the other royals. QEII has referred to them as ‘bicycling royals’ and W&K have been openly rude to several monarchs and heirs.
The black pantsuit (with those shoes! the details on the shirt!) is everything.
Ooh, I didn’t notice, because it’s all understated, but you’re right: That is an excellent suit.
I saw royalists (aka fans of the British Royal Family) saying that they should have done like the Windsors and never explain, never complain. Silence is what the press thrives on and can make things even worse. It seems that these rumours have been at such a fever pitch in Sweden that Victoria and Daniel felt that had to say something.
Those royalists are so stupid because the BRF complains and explains constantly through leaks and that ol’ invisible contract. Anyone who is a fan of QEII, Chuck and/or The Other Brother should really just keep their mouth shut about any other royal couple’s marital issues. The BRF fans need to worry about their own faves lol
I dunno, the press thrives on anything it gets, there’s speculation when they say something and there’s speculation when they say nothing, you can’t really win here.
Terrible sister in law Sofia leaked and told lies about Madeleine and Chris for years. It was a way to get the tabloids to cover up her shady past in exchange for helping them attack Madeleine. It got so bad, that was a big reason why Madeleine and Chris have chosen to live outside of Sweden. Sofia is very very close with certain tabloids. If there was anything to be gained by spinning these lies about Victoria and Daniel, I’d put Sofia as the inside ‘source’.
I don’t know. I always got the impression that the tabs attacked Sofia because she was like Meaghan – common, in entertainment, and an easy target (minus the racism). The tabs tore Madeleine apart before Sofia came along to be their new villain/punching bag. Like with Meg, they cite their own skewed reporting to justify their current negative take.
Tabloids have never gone after Sofia. Never.
Equating Meghan’s successful tv career with the trash Sofia did is disgusting.
Stop the press is claiming a courtier has been loose-lipped at a party while drunk. They claim Daniel has had a affair, but also that it’s well known in certain circles that he’s temperamental and are mean and disrespectful towards Victoria. They also claim V&D have cleard their schedule for two monts to deal with the marital crisis, while the court has stated they have jobs who’s not mentioned in the public court circular.
I hope that this is just mean gossip because I really like them together, but then again the allegations are very detailed so who knows.
This would be so sad! I really love these two. I feel like it’s gossip though (at least the part about Daniel consulting Victoria’s father) because he didn’t want them to marry so I can’t imagine why Daniel would turn to him for help. Surely there would have been a prenup about what would happen to him in a divorce, just like any other royal spouse.
I don’t think that many royals have prenups, none of the British royals do.
iirc these two do have a prenup. Daniel had to sign all kinds of things, like signing away control of his businesses, agreeing to have their children use the Bernadotte last name.
While I have not personally seen them, someone else said that there were rumors about Daniel being physically abusive to Victoria, which is such a disgusting thing to lie about. I really like Vicki and Dan together and he is really cute with the kids, that I sincerely hope that these rumors will die down and that they will be happy together for many years to come.
Love that black pantsuit on her. Excellent detail and tailoring.
I hope it is all just bs and that they are fine in their marriage.
IIRC, when they married he was the “commoner” and it was tabloid news that she wanted to marry him.
In other royal marriage news, I wonder how the Princess (was it Japan?) and the commoner who left to marry and move to New York are doing?
I admit that I don’t know much about the personal lives/rumours about the Swedish royals but I hope/think it’s all BS. By all accounts, they both seem very happy together and while I know pictures can be deceiving, I haven’t really heard any strong rumours that they’re planning a divorce. I hope they stay together. As for the tense statement, yeah it is but I think it’s necessary because this is not a great thing to have spreading and if someone said I was divorcing my husband when I wasn’t, I would want to shut them down too.
It looks like it’s always difficult for the crown princesses. Their husbands can’t take being the subordinate one. Example: Betty and Phil.
I don’t know about them much, but I hope they’re happy.
One has to wonder what made this particular story pick up so much traction that they had to issue a statement? I like them together, but something feels off.
Not sure I really buy the rumours, its the comment about Daniel speaking to King Gustav that throws it for me – granted I don’t know much about the SRF but I always had the impression that the King and Daniel were never close, esp after he made them wait years before allowing them to get married.
Stop the press (stoppa pressarna in swedish) is a sh*tty gossip site that write nothing but lies. They wrote that a famous journalist had a new girlfriend three moons after his wife had died of breast cancer. It was very upsetting for both him and their daughter to have does lies spread while they were in mourning.
And that’s just one example of a gossip story that they have written about.
They just makes things up.
I know less than nothing about libel laws in Sweden, so does Victoria and Daniel’s flat denial essentially put Stoppa Pressarna on notice that they are entering into legally murky territory?
I second this. That particular tabloid is trashy and always coming out with clickbait headlines. “The other woman in Prince Daniel’s life is speaking out”. Then you click and it’s his mom.
And now this tabloid is making new headlines every day and blabbing about the “incident” without giving any hints. The editor is desperate.
The Councellor of Justice started an investigation of Stop the press in 2021. It’s to see how the law applies to sites that don’t go by the same rules as newspapers.
I’m from Sweden an confirm that no one I know believes anything from “ Stop the press” It is a crazy gossip site that tosses out crazy headlines just to catch attention and clicks. Like mentioned above they have been sued already and that are just disgraceful and plain nasty. I have never heard anything bad about either Daniel or Viktoria and they seem wholesome and happy from pictures they upload. They work a lot to get kids moving, urge them to do sports or be outdoors and they sometimes upload family films of them being outdoors and exercising in a fun way together. The kids seems safe and happy too.
I hope it’s just gossip. I’m the beginning of course they’re courtship was fraught with problems. Her friends thought he was common, and their engagement announcement was delayed over 6 months as the king didn’t like him, and tried to break them up. However once he married in they came together as a family. Same with Sofia. They didn’t like her at all. The sisters tried to get Carl back with Emma, but it didn’t work.
Aww, I like these two. Daniel always seemed to love Victoria and understand his position. BUT, I have a personal saying….”there’s truth in all jokes.” I’ve been reading celebitchy long enough to know that there’s truth in all gossip.
The more likely truth is these lies are being spread by someone who benefits (like Sofia).