Friday, January 21, 2011

Princess Madeleine of Sweden Finds East Village Prince Charming

Last April, Princess Madeleine of Sweden got some bad news. According to a gossip rag, her dashing lawyer fiancé, Jonas Bergstrom, had cheated on her with a 21-year-old Norwegian handball player. Within a few days, Madeleine had ended the relationship of eight years and hopped on a plane to New York to hide out and recover "for a few weeks." (She returned, of course, to witness her elder sister Princess Victoria's glamorous wedding, which was surely a delight for her.) Almost a year later, she's still here — and apparently, she's found her prince charming. Chris O'Neill, a financial adviser and son of socialite Eva O'Neill, has been spotted squiring Madeleine around town. One tourist videotaped the two at the Central Park Boathouse engaging in some light petting. (Literally — she pets his arm. That's it.) According to "Page Six," a source says "she is always happy when she is with him." Neighbors of O'Neill tell the tabloid they've seen the pair "canoodling" at his East Village townhouse.
Does it matter that O'Neill's not a royal himself? Not to the Swedes, apparently. Last summer Crown Princess Victoria married her trainer, Daniel Westling. Her brother, Prince Carl Philip, is reportedly dating a reality-TV star who is also a topless model.