The Swedish royal palace announced on Monday that the five grandchildren of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will not be members of the royal house anymore. What happened?
The change affects the children of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s three children, Princess Adrienne (age 5), Princes Nicolas (age 4), and Princess Leonore (19 months). These children have lost their HRH titles. They will now be referred to as a prince and princess, but their future spouses cannot use those titles. The children of Madeline’s brother, Prince Carl Philip, and his wife Princess Sofia have also lost their place as official members of the Royal House.
The statement read, “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.”
Princess Madeleine has no problem with the changes. She wants her children to have more choices in their lives. She wrote on Instagram, “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.” She also said the changes have been in the works for a long time.
Prince Carl Phillip also responded along those lines, saying, “We see this as positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life. We will also continue to… participate in the King’s House activities as we wish.”
The changes are already showing on the Swedish royal family’s website. Now, instead of picturing the entire royal family, it shows a photo of King Gustaf, Crown Princess Victoria, and her daughter who is in line for the throne. Her family was not impacted by the change. Her children, Princess Estelle (7) and Prince Oscar (3) will still have royal duties and retain their royal titles because they are still directly in line to the throne.
This move from the Swedish king is similar to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision not to give their son Archie a royal title.