Hot Guy of the Month – November: Chris O’Neill

Hot Guy of the Month – November: Chris O’Neill

When I first started this Hot Guy of the Month thing, Chris O’Neill was one of the guys suggested to be first, but Prince Daniel got more votes when I asked so he went first. Then I didn’t want to have two Swedes in a row so I put Chris off. Then Prince Carl Philip became June’s Hot Guy because of his wedding on the 13th. Then again I didn’t want to have two Swedes in a row, so again I put Chris off. Well here we are in November and Chris O’Neill is finally our Hot Guy of the Month. Which means I finally get to pull out this photo again:

Chris O'Neill and Princess Leonore New Years

This is my favorite photo of Chris. There’s just something about the sunglasses and the winter surroundings and a not-yet 1 year old Princess Leonore that makes him seem cool yet fatherly. And his lack of ever smiling in photographs actually works in this photo and doesn’t seem out of place.

Leonore Christening Photo2
[Eva-Maria O’Neill is on the back row left in yellow]

Chris was born Christopher Paul O’Neill on June 27, 1974 in London to American investment banker Paul Cesario O’Neill (who died in 2004) and his second wife, Austrian-born Eva-Maria O’Neill.

Chris has two half-sisters in his mother’s side: Tatjana d’Abo and Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun. He also has three half-sisters on his father’s side: Stefanie, Annalisa, and Karen.

Prince Nicolas Christening photo siblings
[Tatjana d’Abo is back row 2nd from the right; Countess Natascha is back row far right]

Chris spent time growing up in London, St. Gallen, Austria, and Germany before moving to the United States for university. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Colombia Business School. Chris is currently a Partner and Head of Research at Noster Capital – a hedge fund based in London.

Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill2

Chris met Princess Madeleine sometime in 2010 after Madeleine fled to New York City after her previous engagement was called off. Madeleine became engaged to a dude whose name is not worth mentioning in August of 2009 but in April of 2010 the engagement was called off after rumors that he cheated on her. Madeleine and Chris appeared publicly together for the first time in January of 2011.

Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill3

Madeleine and Chris announced their engagement on October 25, 2012, and married on June 8, 2013 at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

Chris declined any royal titles following his marriage. Members of the Swedish Royal Family must hold Swedish citizenship and Chris does not and did not want to hold Swedish citizenship – he holds dual American and British citizenship. Though Chris appears with Madeleine and the royal family at certain events he is still a private citizen and does not undertake any official royal duties on behalf of the royal family. Chris continued his career in finance in New York after the marriage, but earlier this year he moved to London for his career. Madeleine and their children now also live in London.

Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill Wedding Photo.

On February 20, 2014, Madeleine and Chris welcomed a baby girl, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria. Madeleine gave birth in New York since that’s where the family was living at the time.

Chris O'Neill and Princess Leonore

Princess Leonore was baptized on Maddie and Chris’ 1-year anniversary, on June 8, 2014.

Leonore Christening Photo1

On June 15, 2015, two days after attending Prince Carl Philip‘s wedding to Sofia Hellqvist, Madeleine gave birth to her and Chris’ second child, a boy, Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf. Maddie gave birth in Sweden this time.

Chris O'Neill and Prince Nicolas July 2015

Prince Nicolas was baptized on October 11, 2015.

Madeleine, Chris, Leonore, Nicolas, Silvia at Prince Nicolas Christening

Though Chris is not a Swedish citizen, he holds two Swedish honors: Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (which he received on June 6, 2013), and the Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (which he received on September 15, 2013).

Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill Nobel Laureates Dinner

We always comment on the fact that Chris rarely smiles in photos, so here are a few photos where Chris is actually smiling.

Chris O'Neill and Princess Leonore SVT Aret med Kungafamiljen
[Chris holding baby Leonore in his SVT interview]

Photos: Princess Madeleine’s Facebook / Kungahuset / SVT livestream screengrab / Rickard Collsiö/SVT / Getty

60 thoughts on “Hot Guy of the Month – November: Chris O’Neill

  1. Thanks for the post KMR, but this fellow isn’t aging well. He seems to be developing a pot belly as the years progress, the scruffiness just makes him look more haggard and the grey hair ages him a good deal. I don’t know his personality but looks alone, he does nothing for me.

  2. He seems to be a very private person (one of the reasons he declined the titles was so that people wouldn’t bother his family) . I remember when the press asked for permission to find out more about his mother he refused.

    He has the second highest order in Sweden (there are only two orders). Swedish citizens outside the family are not allowed to have orders but they can have medals from the King.

    1. He does seem to be a private person and enjoy being a private person, which is probably a good thing.

      1. It’s a good thing he refused press intrusion into his mother’s life because it’s well known that she had a fling with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and no one wants to open that can of worms. Especially with regards to timelines and the implication for the romance of the century that is the Charles and Camilla love story.

          1. She dated him during the same time that he dated Camilla. That’s a huge issue with the story of rhetoric ill-fated lover story. In fact, Charles was quite the lothario.

          2. Here is a picture of her with Prince Charles.

            The press couldn’t find more information about her due to not having permission but what is known is that she married and divorced several times (married four times the last was Chris’s father).

            Notably the men she married had some sort of wealth and some reports say that her daughter is a countess thanks to her that there was some encouragement to marry a count.

            There are reports that she brought her current partner to the royal christenings.

            She has been compared to Carole Middleton.

          3. But if you ask me, I think it was a coincidence that she happened to marry people of status and divorce.

            And it was also a coincidence that her children made such marriages.

          4. Charles dated a lot of people. He was quite attractive back in the day. His PR has tried to say that it was always Camilla that he wanted, but he cheated on Diana with more than just Camilla.

          5. KMR, what I think is funny is that Charles was really a ladies man in his day and his much more handsome (before his chosen succubus sucked the looks out of him) son just couldn’t get anyone other than Kate Middleton to really pay attention to him.

            I can tell you one thing I really find attractive about him is his voice. That man could read the telephone book to me and I would sit there grinning like a loon, enjoying every syllable. I also get the feeling that he is probably very romantic. But the number one thing was he is the Prince of Wales, future King of GB. Tons of women went after him just for that. Sadly his eldest son never enjoyed that notoriety.

          6. rhiannon from Wikipedia:

            “A succubus is a female demon or supernatural entity in folklore (traced back to medieval legend) that appears in dreams and takes the form of a woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual activity. The male counterpart is the incubus. Religious traditions hold that repeated sexual activity with a succubus may result in the deterioration of health or even death.

            In modern representations, a succubus may or may not appear in dreams and is often depicted as a highly attractive seductress or enchantress; whereas, in the past, succubi were generally depicted as frightening and demonic.”

  3. I really noticed Chris when I saw the press conference after Leonore was born. He seemed happy, respectful and excited about the baby. Despite being new to dealing with the media, he remembered to refer to his wife as ‘Princess’ and while it seemed he wanted to get back to his wife and baby, he answered all the questions that day.

    When you think about it, how many husbands like putting up with the in-laws and the boring family get-together events, but Chris seems to hang in there with the best of them.

    I like that he met Madeleine and didn’t wait for several years to propose. After what she went through, she was probably happy to find a man who wanted marriage and a family. He makes his own money, has lived internationally and went to an ivy league graduate school. All in all, I think Chris is a good choice for Hot Guy of the Month.

    Sorry to be so shallow, but she ended up with a much better engagement ring from Chris.

    1. I refrained from going to shallow in my post but I’ll go there now: Maddie got a much better engagement ring and a much hotter guy with Chris. Cheater McCheater-Pants just did not do it for me in the look department (too dorky looking and not in the good way) and the ring he gave her wasn’t pretty, in my opinion. I think Chris is a much better looking man and the ring he gave her is much prettier.

      I also think it’s interesting that Maddie and McCheater-Pants were together 8 years before the engagement and she and Chris were together 2 years before the engagement.

      I love how excited Chris was during the press conference after Leonore was born.

        1. Different strokes. My cousin was with her man with for years and years before they got married. My good friend was with her man for only two years before the wedding (one year before the engagement).

          I would say it “when you know, you know”, but really it depends on whether you are in the right mindset to marry. Some people start dating someone and they aren’t even considering marriage until many years into the relationship. Some people go into a relationship knowing they want to marry.

      1. yep madd was with chris two years and they got married, so I believe william would have found a much better partner than lazy katie!! who stuck around for ten years for a ring!!

  4. I have to say Chris just doesn’t do it for me 🙁 I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something about him that just doesn’t appeal, too British and stuffy looking? I’m not saying he’s not handsome just not my type. However, it’s wonderful to see how happy Maddie is now and I hope living in London is everything they hoped for.

  5. Thanks for another great Hot Guy of the Month, KMR.
    Love Chris for many reasons. First of all, he is a far better match for Maddie than her previous guy. Chris has character. He appears to be a loyal and loving husband and father. I’m crazy about how he is in photos with his wife and children. He really seems crazy about all of them. Leonore is “Daddy’s girl” and Baby Nicolas will certainly be his father’s son. Chris is respectful and caring of Maddie and she really appears to be very loving of him, too.

    The Swedish Royal Family is blessed by a close and loving relationship among members. I respect Chris for the way he retains his own privacy but is also aware and respectful of the responsibillies his wife and her family have. May they always be happy.

    1. Chris isn’t the hottest guy in the world to me – he’s no Captain America – but I love how happy he and Maddie are together, and how much he seems to love his children. For that alone I think he’s worthy of being Hot Guy for a month.

  6. The first picture is hot. I mean, omg. I think that he’s smoldering. He’s no Daniel or Harry though. I do think that fatherhood has made him more handsome. Show me a guy who loves his family and I will name him handsome. He has an air of !ystery to him.

    He recently got into some trouble about saying that he puts the bread on his table and not the Swedish public. I have to hand it to him, he wants to provide for his family.

    Nice choice, KMR!

    1. I know, right! I love that first picture. I’ve been waiting for ages to post that one again.

      I read his comments about being the breadwinner for his family and I didn’t mind them. I thought it was more about him saying he needs to be the one to provide for his own family instead of relying on his wife’s family money. You know.

      1. I respect him for that. He’s going to do it his way and he won’t bow to the Swedish public. I like that he respects tradition but wants to be the one to provide for his family.

        1. I think the royals are sometimes in a catch 22 in terms of earning money. People complain that the royals take money from the taxpayer, but then they also complain that the royal is cashing in on their status or “They don’t need the money” when they try and work an actual job. How can we expect the royals not to take money from the taxpayer if we are not willing to let them actually work for their own living, you know? So I’m okay with Chris wanting to work and provide for his family instead of just living off Maddie’s family money and the taxpayer.

          1. Exactly. If Bea or Eugenie worked like Chris, they could tell the British to jump in a lake.

            I respect the fact that he’s not cashing in on his connections. He works in a cutthroat business and is quite successful in his own right.

          2. If Bea and Eugenie worked like Chris people wouldn’t have as much of a problem with them either. The problem with Bea and Eugenie is that they seem to flit around and never actually seem to work hard at their jobs. And it’s not like they have intensive jobs, either. Then they seemingly ditch their jobs and go on vacations.

  7. I thought he is much older but now I see he is exactly in the same age like my husband. They also have the same beard in common and already some gray hair 🙂 but I wouldn’t say he is exactly in my type. He definitely should smile more because he is much more handsome and looks less stiff that way. However, the most important thing is that he really looks like a decent guy who can make his wife happy – so good for her 🙂

    1. Maybe his lack of smiling is contributing to my distaste for Chris, because when he genuinely smiles he is quite handsome and definitely not as stuffy looking.

      1. He can come across as cold in the photos when he doesn’t smile. Maybe that’s what you’re sensing. He looks lovely when he smiles.

        1. The picture of him holding a little bald Leonore outside is a winner too. That smirk. I am betraying my loverall first Harry. I need to stop.

  8. Can I take this moment to say how amazingly beautiful Madeleine is?!!! OMG!!! I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see her photos over the media! She also has this elegance about her. I really wished Wills and her were betrothed. I think they’d make an awesome royal couple. But I feel happy she’s found happiness in her little family …

    1. Madeleine is a very beautiful woman. I prefer he with the darker brown hair, but she’s always stunning. It would have been amazing if she and William had married, but I think it all worked out for the best. She is happy with Chris and they have two beautiful children.

      1. Maddie would have kept Will to his RF obligations title, position; hence, Wills fast retreat to carol and the middletons worship and self indulgence (in order to climb).

        Look at Afghanistan service at the Cathedral 2: 07 ish before HM arrived and shook hands with the Church – POW, Willy and Prince Harry were in discussions with DO Cornwall keeping waity aside – seem some decisions were made by willnot (Prince Harry seem disturbed- then resolute – his dad looked at him Harry … and he has been about with POW).

        This was after the article on carol and middleton taking over PG life/POW cant see his grandson etc., and W*cannot publicly rude to POW and Do Cornwall at the previous Cathedral Service.

        Since then Prince Harry seem to be more of heir to POW and stay away from Willy middleton family (Charlotte etc). 1:56 to 2:39 and appx
        3:36 limpet refuse to greet HM The Queen (heavy relief breathing; Prince Harry and Charles notice her disrespect /The Firm men watching)

        Prince Harry with POW –

  9. There are times I think he’s handsome and then other times he looks a bit smarmy. He’s put on weight lately and that’s leading to some double chins.

    I love how hands-on he is with the children during weddings and christenings. May I state here, I LOVE how Sweden does weddings, christenings, etc. Formal yet informal. The children are present an you can hear them throughout the ceremonies. It’s this intimate yet formal feeling. Sweden does modern royalty as one of the best in the world.

  10. I still think hes hotter than harry!! anyway whats not to like about him, and yes and theres no reason why he needs to grin all the time, look at kate who can take her seriously when her whole set of teeth is constantly on display!!

  11. This post is about Chris and the swedes, but I wanted to point out something sartorial that once again they do right vs the disappointment that is Kate Middleton.

    In the first group christening photo, both Madeleine and the Queen are wearing the Dolce and Gabbana dress from the same (or similar) collection that Kate picked her Dolce and Gabbana dress.

    Isn’t it amazing what a difference colour and accessorise can do for a dress, not to mention a tweak in design.

    Kate’s dress, due to colour and accessories, not to mention hairstyle looked like a cocktail dress worn at the wrong time of day. The velvet red shoes didn’t help. Nor did the high neckline.

    The Queen and Madeleine are in a long/short sleeved, round neck version, in day time colours, and don’t look like they came from a cocktail party the night before!!

  12. On a different note, Chris has grown on me since the wedding.

    He seemed so dour and stern when I first became aware of him at the engagement.

    Then he was an emotional mess at the wedding and that made me like him – not that I desire emotional mess, but there is something so attractive about people who are happy to be marrying their partners.

      1. Thanks MY2Pence! I loved how he kissed her hand. Madeleine kept her composure, but Chris couldn’t hide his emotions.

  13. Great choice KMR!! I really like this guy. I like the way he looks, I like that he isn’t with Maddie because he wants to be royalty. I love how he is with his kids. I can take him smiling or not smiling. Actually if he were smiling in every picture of him I’d wonder if he was just there for the flash.

    The kids are gorgeous, but they’ve got two gorgeous parents so it’s not surprising.

    His mother is a beautiful woman and it seems he’s close to his step sisters, so that’s nice too.

    If I rank the Swedish men it would be Chris, Daniel and CP running an extremely distant 3rd until he starts to look like he’s actually clean and groomed.

    1. Well, for official photos I think it’s appropriate to smile for the flash. But he doesn’t have to constantly have a manic grin every time we see him.

      “CP running an extremely distant 3rd until he starts to look like he’s actually clean and groomed.” – HAHAHAHAHA

  14. Ok, I can’t lurk on this. That first picture of Chris—so rugged and handsome! He’s an earthy guy with a straightforward style that never pretends. He’s not as focused on physical appearance, although he dresses well for work and public engagements. That’s why he’s putting on some weight and needs Maddie to probably push him a little to get fitter. But he’s got the usual marriage problem; too many irons in the fire, a loving wife who makes sure he’s eating, two kids that make sleep elusive, and a desk job that unfortunately keeps him too sedentary. I love how Maddie glows with him; she’s beautiful and their relationship makes her more so. Thanks KMR for a great post. Chris is a special guy, and I love his “I put the bread on the table” attitude towards critics. They are an amazing family that their public should appreciate more.
    On a side note: How much did that picture of Chris contribute to Maddie getting pregnant with Nicolas? I joked about Maddie looking at it and saying mmmm

    1. Hi Sunny!!

      Oh that first picture. I’ve been waiting for months to post that one again. I love that picture so much! There’s just something about the combination of everything in the photo that is so attractive.

      I don’t mind Chris’ weight gain. I want to think it’s some kind of sympathy weight for Maddie – she’s been pregnant most of their marriage.

      Maddie is a beautiful woman made even more beautiful by how happy she is with Chris and their children. And Leonore is such a doll. So squirmy and adorable. It’ll be interesting to see Nicolas’ personality come out.

      1. Agreed. There’s something very reassuring in these times where so many people don’t believe in real love anymore; so when you look at a picture of Chris and Maddie, you can see their love (definitely hers) shine out. Chris is more that strong, silent guy that’s a woman’s rock, –all that and probably changes diapers. Love that you cover the SRF and have shone a light on their great representation. They are comparable to QE with duty and grace. Chris is a winner, but I think Maddie would say she is (so cute). I hope you are well and looking forward to a nice Thanksgiving.

  15. Yes. Yes. Yes! This guy has grown on me so much since he first came on to the radar. I was so worried but then the wedding, and the babies, and the scruffy beard! The SRF is quite blessed with this generation of yummy men.

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