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Chris O’Neill may have damaged the relationship between the Swedish royal family and Donald Trump

Princess Madeleine’s American husband Chris O’Neill may have damaged the relationship between the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Swedish royal family. This is something several Swedish and international royal experts say after Chris O’Neill expressed criticism of the US president on his private Instagram profile.

Chief editor of the Swedish royal magazine “Svensk Damtidning” says that no Swedish royal person has spoken in this way as long as he can remember. Chief editor Lindwall said that although O’Neill is not royal, he is a part of the royal family and therefore he should have considered how expressing his political views can damage the family he is a part of.

Chris O’Neill along with his wife Princess Madeleine and his in-laws, the King and Queen of Sweden. The picture is from the Swedish National Day in 2013. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons.

Although many agree with O’Neill’s criticism of Trump many Swedes thinks he never should have expressed himself in social media, although this happened on a closed account. What many fear is that Trump considers O’Neill as a part of the Swedish royal family and is offended by his statement. He is, after all, married to a Princess of Sweden, and his children have royal titles.

In an interview with the Swedish press in 2015, O’Neill said that he didn’t consider himself as a royal person and that he will never have duties for the royal family or Sweden. This has meant that he is in between being royal and a private person. A representative for the Royal Court, Johan Tegel, told The Local that Chris spoke as “a private person.” He then said, “Christopher O’Neill has declined a royal title, which means the Royal Court has no reason to comment on his Instagram post.”

Christopher O’Neill was born in London and holds both British and US citizenship. He and Princess Madeleine has previously lived together in New York, but currently living married couple in London with their children, Princess Leonore (2) and Prince Nicolas (1).

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.