Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s children lose their titles

By Zach Harper

The Swedish

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has decided five of his grandchildren will no longer be styled as Royal Highnesses.

The Swedish royal palace made the announcement on Oct. 7, which affects Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine’s children. The youngsters will retain their duke titles and duchies. In its statement, the palace said Madeleine and Carl Philip will continue to perform royal duties.

“The purpose of these changes is to establish which members of The Royal Family may be expected to perform official duties incumbent on the Head of State or related to the function of the Head of State,” said Fredrik Wersäll, the Marshal of the Realm.

“His Majesty The King has decided that the children of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and the children of her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill will no longer be members of The Royal House.”

Madeleine took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the decision the same day. She is Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s youngest child, and is married to British businessman Chris O’Neill. They have three children together: Leonore, 5, Nicolas, 4, and one-year-old Adrienne.

“This change has been planned for a long time,” Madeleine wrote. “Chris and I think it is good that our children now have a greater opportunity to shape their own lives as individuals in the future.”

Carl Philip, Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia’s only son, is married to former model and reality TV contestant Princess Sofia, with whom he has two children: Alexander, 3, and Gabriel, 2. He revealed he and Sofia feel the same way about the King’s decision.

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Idag meddelade Kungen beslutet att våra barn inte längre har ställningen Kungliga Högheter. Vi ser detta som positivt då Alexander och Gabriel kommer att ha friare valmöjligheter i livet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ De kommer att behålla sina prinstitlar och sina hertigdömen, Södermanland och Dalarna, vilket vi värdesätter och är stolta över. Vår familj har starka kopplingar till båda landskapen och vi behåller vårt engagemang där. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vi kommer att ha fortsatt fokus på våra hjärtefrågor och engagemang. Vi kommer också att fortsätta att stödja Kungen och Kronprinsessan – vår blivande statschef – och delta i Kungahusets verksamhet på det sätt man önskar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ : Kungl. Hovstaterna

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“We see this as a positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life. They will retain their Duke titles and their duchies, Södermanland and Dalarna, which we value and are proud of. Our family has strong connections to both areas and we maintain our commitment there.

“We will continue to focus on issues close to our heart. We will also continue to support the King and the Crown Princess – our future head of state – and participate in the King’s activities.”

Carl Philip and Madeleine are fourth and seventh in line to the Swedish throne, respectively. Their places in the line of succession mean Carl Philip’s children are fifth and sixth from the throne, while Madeleine’s are eighth, ninth and tenth in line. Crown Princess Victoria, Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia’s eldest daughter, is heir apparent and has two children, Princess Estelle, 7, and Prince Oskar, 3.

Madeleine lives in Miami and works for the World Childhood Foundation, founded by Silvia. Carl Philip and Sofia are heavily involved with their own charity, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s Foundation.

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