Emma Pernald, the ex-girlfriend of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, was the prince's constant companion for ten years, and much loved by the royal family. It came as a surprise then when Carl Philip, who is set to marry Sofia Hellqvist next weekend, said he had never felt the "magic of love" before meeting his new fiancée.
"It was strange to hear that," said Emma, speaking to Swedish publication Aftonbladet. "I felt love in the ten years that we shared together."
The pair met when Carl Philip was 19 and throughout their ten-year relationship, Emma became known as the pretty and popular "girl from Gothenburg" in the media.
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"I felt love in the ten years that we shared together," said the prince's ex-girlfriend Emma Pernald
In 2002, the couple moved in together, which led royal watchers to believe that Emma and Carl Philip would eventually marry. From day one, the pretty brunette was warmly received by the royal family and in 2006 Emma was one of the select invited guests to attend King Carl XVI Gustaf's 60th birthday party.
Emma was also very close to Carl Philip's sisters, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine. When she and the prince decided to split in March 2009 – something that was a mutual decision – Victoria and Madeleine were said to have encouraged their brother to resume the romance.
Emma's comments came after the prince said he had never felt the "magic of love" before meeting his new fiancée Sofia Hellqvist (pictured)
Emma, who worked in PR while she dated the prince, is now happily married to Tomas Jonson and is a doting mum to Arthur and August. She works at advertising agency McCANN, and wanted to make clear that she felt no bitterness towards her ex-boyfriend.
When she heard that Carl Philip had proposed to 30-year-old model Sofia, Emma, who still remains on amicable terms with the royal, congratulated him wholeheartedly.
Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip are set to marry on 13 June
Emma's comments came after Carl Philip, 36, declared his love for his future wife in a joint interview.
"I don't think I knew the magic of love before I met Sofia," the prince told Swedish channel TV 4. "But ever since I met her, I've seen how love can change a person."
"I completely agree," said Sofia. "Carl Philip is definitely the right person for me. He's my best friend."