Remember Prince Andrew and his girlfriend, Koo Stark? Well, Miss Stark was discovered to be a soft-porn (now called “glamour”) actress, so Andrew was told to break it off. A woman like that couldn’t be a British princess. So Andy unceremoniously dumped her. Ironically, we got Sarah Ferguson instead, but that’s another post for another day.
Decades later, Sweden faces the same issue: prince falls for soft-porn model. Like Andrew, Carl-Philip is not the heir to his throne, either. Thankfully, that duty lies with his sister, Crown Princess Victoria. So it’s not like Sofia is going to be the future queen. Yet somehow, having a royal so close to the throne marrying someone as raunchy as Sofia Hellqvist is a little disconcerting.
Sophia’s former profession is one that she, and now the Bernadottes, will carry as a burden forever. Koo Stark avoided the Google blitz of today’s media-saturated world. Now, not only has most of Sweden seen this soon-to-be-princess in her birthday suit over several years, the entire world can now Google Sofia and check out her “resume”. If her modeling photos are anything to go by (and I’m told that the ones in the news aren’t even the tip of the iceberg), Sweden’s royal family is in for a big dose of Kardashian-esque klassy.
As personal love between the two of them, that is their business. For the business of representing a royal family and being a public person, it is a different story.Fingers crossed for Carl-Philip and Sofia personally, but as far as acting as representatives, I’d say it’s time to call it a day.