With just three weeks to go until they officially become husband and wife, Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist have spoken about their close relationship. In a pre-wedding interview with Swedish TV channel TV4, which will be aired shortly before the couple's nuptials in June, Carl Philip and Sofia have revealed that they feel strongest when they are by one another's side.
"Carl Philip is my best friend," said Sofia, who will be known as HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland after she says "I do" on 13 June. "[He is] the person I talk to the most. He's so smart and I feel so secure with him."
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Sofia and Carl Philip both expressed how happy they are to be by each other's side
The prince himself was just as insistent that being in a partnership with 30-year-old Sofia brings out the best in him.
"I feel extremely confident, stable and balanced when Sofia is by my side," said 36-year-old Carl Philip. "And I've felt that way from the beginning,"
The former model said her fiancé is her "best friend"
While the couple themselves are full of admiration for each other, the journalist who conducted the interview Tilde de Paula says their mutual affection is clear for anyone to see.
"Meeting them was seeing true love up close," she said.
The interview, which will be screened in Sweden on 1 June and 8 June, is the latest in the pre-wedding excitement.
Last week the couple's wedding bann ceremony saw the Swedish royal family, including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and pregnant Princess Madeleine, turn out in force at Stockholm's Royal Chapel.
The couple will tie the knot on 13 June in Stockholm
In April, former model Sofia was treated to a lavish hen weekend with her close friends, sisters Sara and Lina and future sister-in-law Princess Victoria, held at country mansion Hatuna Stenus on the banks of Lake Mälaren.
The following month, Prince Carl Philip was 'kidnapped' for his surprise stag party in Greece – organised by none other than his elder sister Victoria, whose hen party he had arranged back in 2010.