Sweden's Princess Madeleine criticised for waving

Sweden's Princess Madeleine has been criticised for refusing to answer journalists' questions during her tour of the town of Gävle with her husband Christopher O'Neill.

Princess Madeleine
Princess Madeleine

Sweden's Princess Madeleine has been criticised for waving.

The 32-year-old royal has come under fire from the editor of Swedish Radio's local P4 Gävleborg station, Leif Eriksson, for refusing to answer journalists' questions during her tour of the town of Gävle with her husband Christopher O'Neill.

According to Sweden's The Local, he wrote in an open letter to the Royal Court: "The Princess systematically refuses to allow time for media interviews and questions. To constantly avoid interviews is not in line with Swedish democracy nor in line with what the Royal Court claims to be: a modern monarchy.

"Waving and smiling is not enough and seeing yourself as above democracy and openness is incomprehensible."

However, the Royal Court's press officer Margareta Thorgren has hit back at the claims and insists the brunette beauty - who has an 11-month-old daughter, Leonore, and is expecting her second child this summer - had previously made it clear she would be unable to answer a lot of questions due to her busy schedule

Margareta added Princess Madeleine was surprised to have received the letter and claimed they are "very open" compared to other European royal families.

She told Swedish Radio News yesterday (05.02.15): "These kinds of visits are preceded by extensive planning and the schedule is busy. She did answer some of the journalists' questions, even though we were clear about the fact that this was not a media opportunity. We try to be as open as we can, but of course we have listened to the criticism.

"Our royal family is very open compared to other royal families in Europe. But of course there are areas in which we can improve."

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