Along with Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill gave an interview for the documentary, Aret med Kungafamiljen (A Year with the Royal Family). The interview was filmed the day after Victoria Day, on July 15, at Solliden Palace. Maddie and Chris talked mostly about their daughter, Princess Leonore, and what their future plans are.
Unlike the Sofia and Carl Philip interview, Maddie and Chris did a good amount of talking in English. Maddie did, of course, speak Swedish during the interview, but since Chris obviously doesn’t speak Swedish, they talked a good amount in English. I was able to transcribe some quotes (these are only a few quotes I pulled, not their entire interview). Please forgive any human error.
How they felt when Leonore was born:
Maddie: “It’s hard to describe the feelings that you had inside; it’s so wonderful.”
Chris: “Overwhelmed… it’s an indescribable feeling and also something that no other event in life, I think, can compare to.”
On Leonore’s footprint on Chris’ arm after the birth:
Maddie: “We’ve been joking that maybe Chris should make a tattoo of the little foot, the famous little foot that you got on your arm, you should make that as a mark.”
Maddie: “It’s been good, she’s given us a nice start as newly parents, she’s been very kind to us and she’s slept through the night when she was two months old so we can’t complain, we are getting our sleep which is always nice, and she’s a very calm baby.”
The plan for the future:
Maddie: “I think we will return to Europe in the near future, I think, so it’s very nice to be close to the family, for both of us, we both have our family living in Europe.”
How has life changed since marrying a Swedish Princess?
Chris: “Well obviously a lot. The nice thing I think about living in America is that there it’s a little bit of less of an impact, we can go about our ordinary days pretty easily. And because of course I don’t have any official capacity then it didn’t change my day to day life at all. So it’s really just from when we come to Sweden, even London we don’t really get any difficulty there either, so it’s really just when we come to Sweden that it’s definitely obviously pretty different.”
What’s it like being a father?
Chris: “Amazing, you question what you were doing all this time beforehand.”
On the father-daughter relationship:
Chris: “I hope I’m her first love. Maybe not her last, but definitely her first.”
I used Chris’ line about hoping to be Leonore’s first love in the title of the post because I think it’s so sweet. He clearly adores her, as does Maddie. It’s so lovely to see.
I think it’s interesting, though, that Chris doesn’t seem to know any Swedish. As we know, Maddie and Chris are definitely moving to Europe, and I think they will end up in London, given Chris’ lack of knowledge of Swedish.
Below is the video of Maddie and Chris’ interview. Go here to view the entire documentary.
Below is another clip from the documentary, including Princess Estelle getting into the pony-drawn carriage.
Below is another clip from the documentary, including Queen Silvia talking. Sorry I don’t know what she is saying, as it’s in Swedish. But it’s nice to look at the images.