Typically, he delighted his subjects some years ago with a remark showing his disapproval of the clubbing of baby seals in neighbouring Norway.
He said that a prime minister who couldn’t take care of baby seals couldn’t be very good at taking care of his country.
Nor was the mood in the family improved by their eldest child, Princess Victoria, 33.
The book claims that Queen Silvia was aware of this affair but was helpless as the King ‘had fallen in love like a teenager and, on one occasion, the King and Henemark were talking about leaving for a distant island, like Marlon Brando in Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, where they planned to live on coconuts’.
To Swedes, it is scarcely imaginable that this comfortable man, so correct in his role, so enthusiastic about Scouting as the youth movement’s world chairman and a regular visitor to jamborees, could even contemplate such a sordid secret life.
First, their son Prince Carl Philip ended a decade-long romance with his girlfriend and started seeing Sofia Hellqvist, a reality TV show model who has posed wearing nothing but a python and a G-string.
Then it emerged their younger daughter Princess Madeleine, 28 — once seen as a possible bride for Prince William — had pulled her engagement ring off her finger, cancelled her wedding to her dashing lawyer boyfriend of eight years, Jonas Bergstrom, and flown in tears to New York, where she remains.