The husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has denied that there has been infidelity in his marriage and that the couple were ever on the brink of divorce in a rare television interview.
Prince Daniel, 49, slammed what he labelled a ‘mean and false rumour’ about his marriage to Sweden’s heir apparent.
He lashed out at those circulating the suggestions on social media and in parts of the Swedish press, saying the claims had had ‘serious consequences’ for his family.
‘Many friends from across Sweden and overseas have got in touch and things arrived at a certain point where we felt we could no longer accept it,’ he revealed.
‘I don’t think there is any sane person who believes in this rumour.’
Prince Daniel, 49, slammed what he labelled a ‘mean and false rumour’ about his marriage to Crown Princess Victoria
The comments were made in an interview with SVT ahead of Prince Daniel’s 50th birthday in September
The couple announced their highly-anticipated engagement in 2009 and tied the knot a year later
The comments were made in a sit-down with SVT ahead of the future King Consort’s 50th birthday in September.
Victoria and Daniel, who share two children, Princess Estelle, 11, and Prince Oscar, seven, celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary this year.
Previously a gym owner, Daniel, who was born Olof Daniel Westling, met Victoria at a training session before the pair began dating in 2002.
The couple announced their highly-anticipated engagement in 2009 and tied the knot a year later.
Sweden’s royal court was forced to deny reports last year that an ‘incredible betrayal’ had brought Victoria and Daniel’s marriage to a point of crisis.
It took the unusual step of putting out a statement to deny the ‘extensive negative rumours’, saying: ‘We wish to make it clear, once and for all, that the rumours that are now spreading are completely baseless.’
A statement on the couple’s Instagram read: ‘It has come to our attention that there are widespread negative rumours about our private relationship.
‘Allegations are being spread about betrayal in the relationship and an impending divorce.
Victoria and Daniel, pictured with their two children, Princess Estelle, 11, and Prince Oscar, seven, celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary this year
‘Normally, we do not comment on rumours and speculation. But in order to protect our family, we wish to make it clear, once and for all, that the rumours that are now spreading are completely unfounded.’
Swedish news site Stoppa Pressarna doubled down on the reports, however.
Daniel Nyhlen, the reporter who first published the claims, insisted: ‘We had very credible informants, including special police guards and other staff close to the couple,’
He told a podcast for newspaper Svenska Dagbladet: ‘I really had no qualms about it. This is about Sweden’s constitution.’
The Swedish royal family looked united as they opened the castle gates on Sweden’s National Day
Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Estelle welcomed Sweden’s national team to the Royal Palace in Stockholm
Victoria has made a number of appearances without her husband in recent weeks.
During the World Cup earlier this month, she welcomed Sweden’s national team to the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar posed for a picture with the Swedish football team – who were victorious in their match for third place against this year’s host, Australia.
In June, the family appeared together to mark Sweden’s National Day, with Victoria and the children sporting traditional costume.
Victoria is the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and heir apparent to the Swedish throne.