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EXCLUSIVE: Swedish Royal Court confirms Princess Leonore’s citizenship status


PHOTO BRIGITTE GRENFELDT, KUNGAHUSET.SE

The Swedish Royal Court has exclusively confirmed to Royal Central Her Royal Highness Princess Leonore’s citizenship status. Whether or not she was a dual, or triple, her citizenship has been the subject of much debate since her birth three years ago.

Their press secretary confirmed to me that she does, in fact, hold both Swedish and American citizenship. Until now, it was only assumed she held American citizenship based on her birth in New York City on 20 February 2014. However, it was possible that an agreement was made to only grant her Swedish citizenship. Furthermore, it was also possible and believed by some, that she was not granted American citizenship due to her mother, Princess Madeleine, residing in the United States at the time of her birth on a diplomatic passport. United States law says that children of diplomats born on US soil are “not subject to jurisdiction of United States law.”

After her birth in 2014, the Swedish Royal Court had said that her citizenship status was yet to be determined. Acting Communications Manager, Annika Sönnerberg explained then that Princess Leonore’s “citizenship is not yet clear.” No confirmation or clarification of her citizenship status ever came from the Court to the press until they responded to our inquiry yesterday.

This makes her the closest American in line to the Swedish throne. At present, she is seventh in line to succeed her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf. She will move down to eight in line after the birth of the second child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in September. To remain in the line of succession, she has to be christened into the Church of Sweden (which she was in June 2014), raised in Sweden during the majority of her upbringing and be educated in the country.

It was possible that she could have held three citizenships. Her father, Chris O’Neill, is both an American and British citizen, and therefore, she could have been granted British citizenship by descent, as well. However, after the Court’s confirmation, we now know that Her Royal Highness only holds citizenship from the United States and the Kingdom of Sweden.

Her brother, Prince Nicolas was born in Stockholm in June 2015. The family currently lives in London where Chris is employed.



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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.