Prince Carl Philip on 'Beautiful' Bride Sofia: 'Love Can Change a Person'
Carl Philip, 36, and Sofia, 30, met through friends at a lunch in 2009, and it must have been a very memorable meal because the future princess, who was a finalist on the reality-TV show Paradise Hotel in 2005, called the meeting “love at first sight.”
“The first thing I noticed about Carl Philip was that he seemed very humble,” Sofia said. “When I got to know him, I saw that he was incredibly natural, very intelligent and very humble.”
Carl Philip echoed his fiancée’s sentiments, saying, “Above all, she’s beautiful and has beautiful eyes. But she’s also a fantastic person. She’s down to earth and has a wonderful personality. There are so many good things to say about her.”
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The prince, who ended a 10-year relationship with PR executive Emma Pernald a year before meeting the former reality-TV star, added, “I don’t think I knew the magic of love before I met Sofia. But ever since I met her, I’ve seen how love can change a person.”
“I completely agree,” Sofia chimed in. “Carl Philip is definitely the right person for me. He’s my best friend.”
This isn’t the first time the engaged couple have opened up about their love story.
Last October, Carl Philip spoke out against reports this his family – which includes his two sisters, Crown Princess Victoria, 37, and Princess Madeleine, 32 – disapproved of the union.
Absolutely not, not at all,” he told Swedish TV 4. “My parents and my sisters were curious about her, open, and welcomed her with a big hug.”
Instead, he put the blame on the press: “She was hung out to dry in a bullying type of way.”
“I felt welcome from day one and nothing else,” the former yoga teacher said in the documentary The Year with the Royal Family, adding that she has “no regrets” about her past.
Margareta Gotthardsson, royals reporter at Svensk Damtidning, tells PEOPLE: “I think the palace was happy for the prince being in love again after his breakup with his ex, Emma Pernald. When you see the prince and Sofia together, it’s obvious that they are very much in love. It’s impossible not to be happy for them.”
And their love will be on display when they say “I do” in a ceremony in the palace’s royal chapel in Stockholm. Royal fans will get a glimpse of the glamour as Swedish TV network SVT will air most of the dinner and the party after the wedding.
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