Not all royals are ready for the attention that comes with the role.
Sitting before TV cameras with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and internationally famous superstar Adele, Princess Madeleine will tell a nationwide Swedish TV audience Friday evening that she doesn t “like being the center of attention.”
“I’m not really comfortable with it,” the princess told Scandinavian TV interviewer Fredrik Skavlan, on his eponymous show, which is set to air during Sweden’s 9 p.m. primetime slot.
The princess, who famously left her homeland for N.Y.C. to escape attention after breaking off her engagement with Jonas Bergstr m in 2010, said that she’s a reluctant participant in the media.
“I never wanted to be a part of it,” she said, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
Madeleine, 33, dates her aversion to the limelight back to her childhood.
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“My poor parents always got a headache when we were having family photos or something like that. I always ran away, I was always hiding – they always had to drag me there. I was screaming,” she said. “I never really wanted to be part of it.”
The princess has been repeatedly criticized in her home country for her “media shy” lifestyle, most recently after she declined to speak to reporters during a visit to the provincial districts of Gästrikland and Hälsingland in February, according to Aftonbladet.
“I’ve had this all my life. One would think, and maybe expect, that I’d be comfortable in front of people, photographers and journalists who ask questions. But I’m really not,” Madeleine said. “I’m quite shy.”
“I don’t like being the center of attention. But as an official person as I am, this is something I have to deal with,” she said.
“I’m struggling with it,” said Princess Madeleine, who was also accompanied on camera by her Anglo-American banker husband Christopher O Neill. “I’m working on it.”
She garnered laughter and applause from the studio audience when she added with a smile: “I’m here today!”
“I’m a terrible housewife,” she said. “I’ve actually never cooked a proper meal for Chris.”
“Chris is a very good chef,” she added. “I feel I don’t even want to go into the kitchen because he’s kinda like, ‘This is my area.’
“I try to say, ‘Darling, can I help? I can chop ‘ But he says ‘No, no, no, you’ll just make a mess.’ ”
The couple, who were married in Stockholm’s Royal Palace chapel in June 2013, showed obvious signs of rapport during the show, which was taped in London earlier this month.