Imagine you’re a prince or princess. One day, you wake up, and your grandfather, the king of a country, tells you that you’ve been stripped of your titles and are no longer needed to perform any royal duties. Shocking, we know! Whether you think this is the start of a fairytale or not, it’s something that recently happened to some of the members of the Swedish royal family.
Earlier this week, the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, announced that seven of his nine grandchildren will no longer hold the titles of prince or princess, nor will they be obligated to perform any royal duties. Why such a sudden move? Well, according to the royal family, the move has been in the works for quite some time now. Why? Every member of the royal family also receives taxpayer support (that’s money!) for having to perform duties for the state. Sure, when you perform a job, you should get paid for it. However, the number of royal family members receiving such support became a topic of discussion. While Princess Victoria, King Gustaf’s firstborn and heir to the Swedish throne, and her two children (the second and third in line for the throne) will continue to hold royal titles and perform royal duties, King Gustaf’s two other children, Princess Madeline and Prince Carl, and their children (his grandchildren) will not. Were his children outraged at his decision? It doesn’t look like it. Princess Madeline and Prince Carl supported their father’s decision by saying that this move would allow their children the freedom to choose their own future.