Princess Madeleine, Who Copes with Dyslexia, to Write Children's Book
In a new interview, the royal mom also talked about her young family's reading habits
Sweden’s Princess Madeleine is getting ready to add another title to her resumé: author.
The royal mom, who copes with dyslexia (like her brother Prince Carl Philip and elder sister Crown Princess Victoria), said in a new interview that she is using her time in London to write a children’s book.
“I’m working on a separate project, my book project,” she told the Swedish newspaper Expressen. “It’s a children’s book. You’ll see what is is soon. At the moment all I can say that it will be fun.”
Princess Madeleine has two children with her financier husband Chris O’Neill: Princess Leonore, who will turn 3 on February 20, and Prince Nicolas, who will be 2 in June. She spoke about their own reading habits on Tuesday at the opening of Room for Children, a Nordic-style children’s library at London’s South Bank Arts Center.
“Previously Leonore had not really had the patience, but now [she wants] more and more books, which is great fun,” she said. “It is a cozy moment you have together. There will of course Pippi in the beginning.” As for Nicolas, “he has always loved books! So when you cannot find him . . . he crept up in a chair and is sitting with a little book himself. He will probably be a bookworm!”
“Books are incredibly important. They open up your imagination and you learn a lot,” she said after inaugurating the new room by reading Scandinavian-themed stories to a
group of local elementary school children.
The princess, 34, said she and her family are “thriving” in London, where they have been based since 2015, while noting, “obviously we miss Sweden.”
“We’re all very happy in London right now,” she told Expressen. “This is where Chris works and has his business. But it’s not set in stone that we will be here forever.”
She also addressed the pressures O’Neill has experienced as a royal spouse. (The pair married in 2013.)
“I think he understands more and more how to handle it,” she said. “It was a bit difficult in the beginning. He is much of an emotional person, so it was a little difficult at first. But now I think he handles it very well. But there’s a difference now that we live here in London, for it is not the same pressure when going down to the city and do something.”
At the same time, she added, “Chris likes to be in Sweden, he has many friends there, and he likes the Swedish culture and food. So I absolutely believe that we will end up in Sweden to end. It’s just a question of when.”
The family may well have an opportunity to return home when Princess Leonore turns six, when she is expected to formally enter the Swedish school system for the first time.