Royal news: Princess Madeleine of Sweden can’t return home for Christmas due to COVID | Royal | News (Reports)


Currently the princess lives in Florida with her British-American husband Christopher O’Neill. According to Swedish magazine Svensk Damtidning the couple had been hoping to return for the birthday of Queen Silvia, Madeleine’s mother, on December 23 and then Christmas.

However, coronavirus restrictions mean they will not be able to travel over from the United States.

Margareta Thorgren, communications manager for the Swedish Royal Family, provided details to Svensk Damtidning.

She said: “Princess Madeleine lives in Florida and there are stricter restrictions. The family respects them.

“Therefore, it is not possible for the princess to travel and they cannot come home for Christmas.”

Madeleine, aged 38, is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

She moved to Florida, along with her partner, from London in August 2018.

The couple have three children; Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic they have been unable to return to Sweden since March.

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Royals, like their subjects, have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic across the world.

In the UK both Prince Charles and Prince William were diagnosed with the regime in spring.

Earlier this month it was announced William had “tested positive in April”, but kept the diagnosis secret to avoid raising public alarm.

Charles, who only experienced mild COVID-19 symptoms after being diagnosed with the disease in March, recovered after spending seven days in isolation at the royal Balmoral estate.

Speaking to Sky News he later said: “I was lucky in my case.

“But I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.

“I feel particularly for those who have lost their loved ones and have been unable to be with them at the time. That, to me, is the most ghastly thing.”

In April the Queen broadcast a message to the nation whilst the first coronavirus wave was at its peak.

In an allusion to WW2 she said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”


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