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Princess Madeleine criticised for "just waving and smiling"

Published onsdag 4 februari 2015 kl 20.01
Swedish Radio's Leif Eriksson on his open letter to Princess Madeleine
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Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neill letting themselves be photographed together with a local entrepreneur in Gävle during the visit there. Photo: Gabriel Henning/Sveriges Radio
Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neill letting themselves be photographed together with a local entrepreneur in Gävle during the visit there. Photo: Gabriel Henning/Sveriges Radio

Princess Madeleine is criticised for not answering any of the journalists's questions during a visit she and her husband Chris O'Neill's visit in Gävle earlier this week. "Just waving and smiling is not enough," says Leif Eriksson, head of Swedish Radio P4 Gävleborg.

In an open letter to the Royal Palace, Eriksson writes: "to constantly avoid interviews is not in line with the Swedish democracy and actually not in line with what the royal family says it wants to be: a monarchy with the times".

Princess Madeline is the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, where Gävle is located. But according to Leif Eriksson, the radio station of the region has not got one single sound clip from her in their archives.

"She is systematically avoiding the media. She has avoided it by all official visits in the county. I don't think that is her assignment. She is part of the constitution, she is part of the royal court, paid by the tax payers and she has power," Eriksson tells Swedish Radio News.

The head of press contacts at the Royal Court, Margareta Thorgren, tells Swedish Radio News that she has spoken to Leif Eriksson, and they will talk again tomorrow.

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