A shattered Swedish princess has caused a royal ruckus by bolting for New York – minus her engagement ring – after a bitter breakup with her cheating fiancé.
Brokenhearted Princess Madeleine left Stockholm and skirt-chasing lawyer Jonas Bergstrom after word of his one-night stand at a Swedish ski resort became public.
The 27-year-old blond princess touched down Saturday at Newark Airport, dodging a crowd of paparazzi before zipping into Manhattan.
Her official calendar says the princess has turned to charity work – toiling 40 hours a week at the World Childhood Foundation. The nonprofit organization was founded 11 years ago by Madeleine’s mother, Queen Silvia.
But there was no sign of the princess Wednesday at the charity’s midtown headquarters – as well as no extra security and no throngs of photographers.
A foundation spokeswoman declined to comment on Princess Madeleine, who is keeping an ultra-low profile. The Swedish media have agreed to a request from the royal family to give the princess some “peace and quiet” after the sudden and scandalous separation.
Her split was announced in a dry statement over the weekend that ignored Bergstrom’s reported dalliance with a 21-year-old ski bunny at a Swedish resort. But the Nordic naughtiness is captivating Europe. “This Is Why Their Love Died,” read the headline in one Swedish newspaper detailing the hookup between Bergstrom, 31, and the much younger woman. Tora Uppstrom Berg, an athletic blond college student, told a Norwegian magazine that Bergstrom followed her home last year in a taxi and bedded her without ever mentioning his royal girlfriend. Berg discovered the Swedish meatball’s ties to the throne only after a postfling call to his cell phone tripped to voice mail.
“Had I known he had a girlfriend, I never would have done anything,” Berg said. Princess Madeleine’s drama also threatens to overshadow her sister’s upcoming royal wedding. Princess Victoria is set for a June marriage to her fiancé, gym owner Daniel Westing – a $13 million extravaganza that will be Sweden’s first royal wedding since 1976. The family was already rocked when her brother – Prince Carl – ditched his longtime girlfriend recently for a topless model.
Bergstrom, who met the princess when she was still a teen, became engaged to Madeleine last August. She is third in line to the Swedish throne, behind elder siblings Princess Victoria and Prince Carl. The princess is a frequent Manhattan guest, known to hang out with Rangers goalie (and fellow Swede) Henrik Lundqvist and close pal Louisa De Geer.
Last year, a creepy stalker sent her a marriage proposal – and a box full of lingerie and wires – to her mom’s Madison Ave. charity, setting off a bomb scare. But she still loves New York. During a visit to the Harvard Club just after the fright, she was overheard whispering to her stylist, “I’m thinking of moving to the West Village.” With Simone Weichselbaum