Saturday, November 6, 2010

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden - affair with pop singer, new book says

King Carl XVI Gustaf has acknowledged that he had an affair with a pop singer more than a decade ago.  He addressed "the allegations during a press conference he traditionally holds at the end of his annual moose hunt."  The king did not deny the affair with Camilla Henemark, a Nigerian-Swedish pop singer.  The affair lasted for about a year, and was known to Queen Silvia, the king's wife.
The allegations about the King's private life were published in a new biography, Carl XVI Gustaf - The Reluctant Monarch.  The book was written by three investigative journalists.

The book was published in Sweden earlier this week.
"The book came to us quite late yesterday afternoon and I have not had the time to read it yet.  I cannot review a book that I have not yet read.  I have seen quite a few of the headlines that have not been too nice.  I've talked with my family and the queen. We will turn the pages and go on now, because as I understand this is about things that happened a long time ago."

There have been rumors about the King's private life for many years, but Sweden's tabloids have largely refrained from writing about them.  This may now change with the publication of this new book.

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