Princess whose forbidden love gripped Sweden dies
By Karl Ritter, APSTOCKHOLM--She was one of the better kept secrets of Sweden's royal household: a commoner and divorcee whose relationship with Prince Bertil was seen as a threat to the Bernadotte dynasty.
March 12, 2013, 12:19 am TWN
In a touching royal romance, Welsh-born Princess Lilian and her Bertil kept their love unofficial for decades and were both in their 60s when they finally received the king's blessing to get married.
Lilian died in her Stockholm home on Sunday at age 97. The Royal Palace didn't give a cause of death, but Lilian suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had been in poor health for several years.
She met Sweden's Prince Bertil in 1943, but his obligations to the throne and Lilian's status as a divorced commoner prevented them from making their love public. The couple's sacrifices and lifelong dedication to one another gripped the hearts of Swedes.
“If I were to sum up my life, everything has been about my love,” the witty, petite princess said of her husband when she turned 80 in 1995. “He's a great man, and I love him.”
In this Dec. 10, 2005 file photo Princess Lilian of Sweden is seen in Stockholm. Welsh-born Princess Lilian of Sweden, whose decades-long love story with the king's uncle was one ...