Sweden’s king has said he felt it was ‘not fair’ that his daughter was made heir to the throne when succession laws changed in 1980 – his son was deposed as king in waiting .
Crown Princess Victoria was two years old when the new law was introduced and updated the natural order of succession to say that the eldest child should inherit the throne, regardless of gender.
By that time, his younger brother Karl Philipp, who was seven months old, was about to become king, as the previous law favored male heirs.
However, under the new law, he was stripped of his title of Crown Prince and Victoria became heir apparent.
And in an interview released this week with local news channel SVT, the Swedish king, 76, said he felt the new law was unfair to him after his children were born.
Sweden’s king has said he felt it was ‘not fair’ that his daughter was made heir to the throne when succession laws changed in 1980 – his son was snubbed as king in waiting (pictured) ), Crown Princess Victoria with the King, and their daughter Princess Estelle)
When the King’s first child, Victoria, was born in 1977, the law of succession meant that if the King had a son, she would succeed to the throne.
So when he was born in 1979, Karl Philipp became the heir apparent.
However on 1 January 1980, a change in the law stated that the first born child should be the heir, be it a boy or a girl.
It was decided that although the King’s children had already been born, the law would apply retroactively to them, leaving the future of the monarchy in Victoria’s hands, and Karl would be stripped of his title of Crown Prince. .
When he was born in 1979, Karl Philipp was heir apparent, being Karl Philipp’s second child, but first born son (pictured, with his wife)
Carl Gustaf protested the decision at the time, and has voiced that he still believes the decision was unfair in a recent interview.
Carl Gustaf said in the interview, which was recorded in the autumn, that his issue was with the fact that the law applied retrospectively to Victoria and Carl Philip, when the prince was seven months old.
‘It is difficult to have laws that work retrospectively. It doesn’t seem wise,’ he said.
‘You can accept the next generation – that’s fine. But it was my son who was born, and they got rid of it,’ he said, adding, ‘It’s quite strange. you can not do this.’
When the interviewer asked him whether it was unfair to strip him of his title after the birth of his son, he replied: ‘Yeah, I think so.’
Princess Sofia and her parents, left, and King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia with Prince Carl Philip, Prince Alexander, left, and Prince Gabriel, right, on the day of Prince Julian’s christening, center
The interview was recorded late last year, to be aired in January, as King kicks off his golden jubilee year.
However in a statement released yesterday, the emperor clarified his comments.
He said: ‘During the autumn, on two interview occasions, I received questions about a change in the succession order in 1980 to favor the first born child – regardless of gender.
‘I then shared my thoughts about Prince Carl Philip retroactively losing his position as Crown Prince in relation to the amendment to the constitution.
Carl Gustaf said his daughter, who was pictured with her husband Prince Daniel, Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip in Stockholm last October, is ‘very committed’ to her royal role.
‘I am deeply saddened when, in retrospect, I have heard comments which claim that I will not stand behind my daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, as heir to the throne of Sweden.
‘I therefore want to make clear that my interview answers should not be interpreted as criticism of the female succession to the throne or Crown Princess Victoria.
‘The female succession to the throne is definitely a matter for me. The Crown Princess is my heir. He is an extraordinary asset to me, my family and our country. I am proud of him and his tireless work for Sweden.
Victoria, 45, and Carl Philip, 43, are both dedicated to their royal duties and often attend official events for the Crown.
Victoria’s daughter, Princess Estelle, ten, is second in line to the throne and will one day rule the country. Meanwhile, his son Oscar, who is six, is in third place.
Since the birth of his nephews, Karl Philipp is now fourth in the line of succession. The three sons he shared with his wife, Princess Sofia, are fifth, sixth and seventh in line for the throne, respectively.
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