April 26, 2010 / 6:35 PM / 9 years ago

Swedish media abuzz after royal wedding called off

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish newspapers are abuzz with speculation about what caused the break-up of Princess Madeleine’s relationship with her boyfriend of eight years after the two called off their wedding.

File photo of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her fiance Jonas Bergstrom during a news conference following their engagement at the Soliden palace on the island of Oland August 11, 2009. REUTERS/Fredrik Sandberg /Scanpix/Files

The Swedish royal family announced the split in a factual statement on the weekend, giving no details about the reasons behind the decision of 27-year-old Madeleine and lawyer Jonas Bergstrom to cancel their wedding and end their relationship.

“After careful consideration, Princess Madeleine and Mr Jonas Bergstrom made a joint decision to go their separate ways,” the Swedish royal family wrote in a statement posted on their Web site on Saturday.

That announcement followed a Norwegian media report quoting a woman who said she had had sex with the 31-year-old Bergstrom after meeting him in a nightclub at a ski resort.

Bergstrom and Madeleine — who is the youngest of Swedish King Carl Gustaf’s three children — have not appeared together in public in an official capacity since the Nobel Prize dinner in December.

Swedish evening paper Aftonbladet said the pair had been living apart for months and would have broken up sooner had it not been for the king, who insisted that Madeleine head to New York before making the announcement.

The tabloid published a eulogy of the royal couple’s doomed romance which ran for several pages under the headline: “This Is Why Their Love Died.”

The high-profile break-up comes just months before Madeleine’s elder sister, Crown Princess Victoria, is due to marry another commoner in a fairytale wedding in Stockholm.

The marriage, Sweden’s first royal wedding since 1976, is scheduled for June 19.

Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and the king, though popular, has no political power.

Sweden’s monarchy traces its origins back more than 1,000 years, though the current royal family assumed the throne in the early 19th century, when French marshal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte became king. He had been elected as successor to the Swedish throne by Sweden’s parliament in 1810.

Carl XVI Gustaf has been King of Sweden since 1973. The last Swedish royal wedding was in 1976 when he married German-born Silvia Sommerlath, whom he met at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Editing by Paul Casciato

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