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Sofia Hellqvist on Swedish royal family: 'I felt welcome since day one'

June 2, 2015
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Just five months shy of her royal wedding to fiancé Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on June 13, Sofia Hellqvist opened up in a new revealing interview.

Sofia was quite candid during the interview

Sitting down with her fiancé for the documentary, The Yearwith the Royal Family, the former model, 30, discussed her first time meeting King Carl XVIGustaf and Queen Silvia and denied being treated coldly by her future-in-laws. Sheexplained, “It has been speculated that I wasn’t embraced by the family, but itwas the opposite.”

Sofia described that she met them at Solliden Palace wherethey had a “charming lunch” and was a “fantastic experience.” Her fiancé interjectedthat his mother even “gave Sofia a big hug,”

The princess-to-be added, “I felt welcome from day one andnothing else.”

In the hour long sit-down that was mostly filmed during theirsummer holiday at Solliden, Carl Philip, 35, also shared that he was equallywelcomed by Sofia’s family. “It was like being in my own house,” he said of thevisit.

Sofia and Carl Philip will wed in June 2015

Sofia also spoke about her time as a model and her reality-TV days. “Much has been written [about it] over the years, not only following ourengagement,” she stated. “For me, it’s pretty boring. It happened 10 years ago,and I moved on with my life.”

She continued, “But no regrets. All experiences build aperson, although I wouldn’t do it now if you asked me.”

Laughing, Sofia concluded, “I can say I have lived life 100percent.”

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden proposed to Sofia after four years of dating

The duo also reminisced about how they met. “I was eatingwith friends in Baastad,” said Carl Philip. “Sofia was there with a friend andour friends knew each other. We started with a shy greeting and everythingfollowed.”

That one fateful encounter has brought them here discussingtheir future and Sofia joining the royal family.

“I have spent many years with them, I know that life and knowwhat is going to change,” she quipped. “I’m ready, no surprises, I think itwill be fine.”

And her husband-to-be seemed just as confident adding, “Iknow it will.”

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