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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Leonore was baptized on Maddie and Chris’ 1-year anniversary, on June 8, 2014.
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.
Prince Nicolas was baptized on October 11, 2015.
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).
We always comment on the fact that Chris rarely smiles in photos, so here are a few photos where Chris is actually smiling.
[Chris holding baby Leonore in his SVT interview]
Photos: Princess Madeleine’s Facebook / Kungahuset / SVT livestream screengrab / Rickard Collsiö/SVT / Getty