Saturday 17 November 2018

Sweden's Princess Madeleine announces plans to move to Florida with financier husband

Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine of Sweden are taken by horse and carriage from the Royal Palace of Stockholm to Riddarholmen after the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill hosted by King Carl Gustaf XIV and Queen Silvia at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Torsten Laursen/Getty Images)
Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine of Sweden are taken by horse and carriage from the Royal Palace of Stockholm to Riddarholmen after the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill hosted by King Carl Gustaf XIV and Queen Silvia at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Torsten Laursen/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden holding Princesse Adrienne of Sweden, leaves the christening of Princess Adrienne of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on June 8, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden holding Princesse Adrienne of Sweden, leaves the christening of Princess Adrienne of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on June 8, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden holding Princesse Adrienne of Sweden, leaves the christening of Princess Adrienne of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on June 8, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill depart from the wedding ceremony of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill hosted by King Carl Gustaf XIV and Queen Silvia at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
(L-R) Carolina Pihl, Sara Hellqvist, Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland, Princess Madeleine and Oscar Kylberg attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and princess Adrienne (5thL), princess Leonore, Mr Christopher O'Neill and prince Nicolas flanked by the godparents Nader Panahpour, Coralie Charriol Paul, Anouska d'Abo (L) and Charlotte Kreuger Cederlund, Natalie Werner and Gustav Thot (R) after the princess Adrienne's christening ceremony in Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden on June, 8 2018
Queen Silvia of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden attend the World Childhood Foundation USA 2017 Thank You Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway on October 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for World Childhood Foundation USA )
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden attend a formal dinner at Grand Hotel after attending an award ceremony for the Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset on June 15, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Princess Madeleine of Sweden, princess Adrienne of Sweden, princess Leonore of Sweden, Mr Christopher O'Neill and prince Nicolas of Sweden are pictured after Princess Adrienne's christening ceremony in Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden on June 8, 2018
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Princess Madeleine of Sweden has announced she and her family will be moving to Florida for her husband Christopher O'Neill's new job.

The 36-year-old has three children with the British-American investment banker - Princess Leonore (four), Prince Nicolas (three) and Princess Adrienne (five months) - and the Swedish Royal Court said in a statement the family will be moving stateside this autumn. 

They are currently based in London, where Mr O'Neill works, but often return home to Sweden to fulfill royal duties and all of their children were baptised in Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden.

"The timing and opportunity for the United States is good while the children are of preschool age," the statement read.

(L-R) Princess Madeleine of Sweden, princess Adrienne of Sweden, princess Leonore of Sweden, Mr Christopher O'Neill and prince Nicolas of Sweden are pictured after Princess Adrienne's christening ceremony in Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden on June 8, 2018
(L-R) Princess Madeleine of Sweden, princess Adrienne of Sweden, princess Leonore of Sweden, Mr Christopher O'Neill and prince Nicolas of Sweden are pictured after Princess Adrienne's christening ceremony in Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden on June 8, 2018

"Mr. Christopher O'Neill has previously been working in the United States but will continue his business in Europe. The family thus leaves the accommodation in London."

Madeleine is the youngest of King Gustaf and Queen Silivia's three children with Crown Princess Victoria next in line for the throne, followed by her two children, then her brother Prince Carl Philip and his two children. However, according to Swedish rule, you remain in line for the throne if you've attended school in the country from the age of six, which leaves two years for Leonore to potentially move home and retain her royal rights. The couple previously said they are more focused on achieving the best education and providing a happy home.

"The answer is that we do not know, and therefore we take all steps to prepare them for what we could call a normal life. A good education, for starters," O'Neill recently told Swedish magazine King. "We are in the queue for schools in London, which we need to do four years in advance, but we take a year at a time."

In the same interview, he praised his wife of five years, describing her as the love of his life. "I’ve met the woman of my life, the woman I love. But it is clear that it has its challenging sides to be married to a princess. Of course, it has complicated my life, for obvious reasons," he said.

"I have no desire to achieve any kind of fame, nor have any benefits of it in my professional life. It happens that I’m mad about Madeleine. But in the end, you learn to live with it.

(L to R) Crown Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel; Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O'Neill; Princess Sofia and husband Prince Carl Philip
(L to R) Crown Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel; Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O'Neill; Princess Sofia and husband Prince Carl Philip

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