After she had her heart broken by her ex-fiancé, Jonas Bergstrom (pictured), Princess Madeleine of Sweden is set to marry New York banker Chris O’Neill tomorrow. (Image: PRESSENS/Press Association Images)
THREE YEARS AGO Princess Madeleine, known as Sweden’s “party princess”, fled to New York from Stockholm after she had her heart broken by her ex-fiancé.
But now she has returned to Sweden to tie the knot with her new, British-American love.
The Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland is set to wed New York banker Christopher O’Neill in the Swedish capital in the morning.
Swedish Princess Madeleine, centre, her fiancé, New York banker Chris O’Neill, left, and her brother Prince Carl Philip seen during the traditional National Day celebrations at Skansen in Stockholm yesterday. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Henrik Montgomery)
The 30-year-old, the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s three children, is the fourth in line to the throne.
In 2010, Madeleine left for New York after breaking off her first engagement to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom amid media reports that he had cheated on her. The couple had been together for eight years and had made a big announcement of their engagement in August the year before.
Since then, Madeleine has lived in New York, working for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation, founded by her mother.
The Swedish Royal family, from left to right, Prince Daniel, Chris O’Neill, Princess Estelle, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, King Carl Gustaf, Prince Carl Philip and Queen Silvia pose for a family photo during the Swedish National Day celebrations. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Maja Suslin)
Two years ago, she met O’Neill, now 38, who works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital.
O’Neill, who holds dual American and British citizenship, has declined a royal rank in Sweden which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. He has chosen to continue working, and the newlyweds are expected to move back to the United States.
Princess Madeleine and her fiancé Christopher O’Neill in New York before they flew home to be wed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
- Additional reporting AP