Silvia of Sweden has to deal with a scandal within her family.Image: dpa / Monika Skolimowska
The Swedish royal family is very popular among its people. This applies not only to the heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria, her husband and her children, but also to King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
But now a scandal is shaking the royal family. The focus is on the German side of Silvia’s family and on a relative with whom she has a particularly close relationship.
He now speaks in detail in an interview about the accusations made against him. He also has a message for Silvia herself. All this fuss is likely to be far from pleasant for the queen.
Silvia’s nephew causes a scandal
Queen Silvia had a close relationship with her brother Walter until his death. When he divorced his wife Michele, Silvia herself also intervened. She brought Walter’s son here. Since then his nephew Patrick has lived very close to the castle. But recently it became known that serious accusations were being made against Patrick.
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Because in November 2021, police say they observed Patrick Sommerlath visiting a massage parlor in Stockholm. There, police are convinced, customers had the option of paying for sex. In Sweden this is a punishable offence. Instead of turning himself in to the authorities, Sommerlath went into hiding.
He did not want to reveal exactly where he was in the “Svensk Damtidning” interview. However, you talked about other things in great detail in the conversation. When the reporter asked him if he had paid money for sex at the massage parlor, Sommerlath said:
“100% no! I was cooperating with the police the whole time.”
He then vehemently denied the specific allegation that he had been to a massage parlor to have sex. He answers the journalist’s questions several times with a clear “No”.
The royal couple was also involved in the scandal.Image: TT News Agency/AP / Jonas Ekstromer
Accusations against Queen Silvia
In the conversation he openly admits that he left Sweden to avoid being accused by the authorities. The reporter confronts him with the rumors that Carl Gustaf and Silvia are hiding him. “It’s absolutely crazy! After all, I don’t live with them and I don’t have the habit of informing them about my daily life any more than they do me about theirs,” Sommerlath rejects the hypothesis.
If it had been clear to him that the press and police would pay so much attention to the case, “he would have made a different decision,” Sommerlath says in the interview.
This is how Patrick Sommerlath explains the case
He has his own explanation for his visit to the massage parlor. “I have had back and neck problems, chronic pain, since 2010.” That’s why it’s completely normal for you to turn to pain clinics, acupuncturists and masseurs.
Sommerlath says she talked about the topic with her aunt. When asked what else he would say to the Queen, he replies: “I will tell you myself what I have to tell you. I am aware of everyone’s disappointment. For this I can only apologize from the bottom of my heart.”
Patrick Sommerlath (right) is Crown Princess Victoria’s cousin.Image:/ imago images
However, he sees himself as a victim of an overzealous justice system. “Once again I didn’t do what I was accused of,” she says at the end of the conversation.
Despite her nephew’s announced apology, the situation is obviously far from pleasant for Silvia, probably precisely because her relationship with Patrick Sommerlath was considered so close for a long time. It remains to be seen whether she will accept his request for forgiveness.
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