Princess Wins Suit Against German Publisher

A Hamburg court has ordered a German publisher to pay Sweden's Princess Madeleine euro400,000 ($560,000) in damages for fabricating stories about her, the parties involved said Friday.

Sonnenverlag GmbH & Co KG was ordered to pay the damages by the
Hamburg state court, which was ruling on an appeal against a lower
court's 2007 award of euro300,000 in damages against the publishing
house.

The publisher's magazines carried false reports about the
27-year-old princess being engaged and pregnant, among other
things, her attorney Matthias Prinz told The AP.

Madeleine has been dating boyfriend Jonas Bergstrom since 2002,
but the couple is neither engaged nor married, nor do they have any
children.

Sonnenverlag puts out a raft of magazines in Germany, and the
reports were carried in two weekly women's publications, Frau mit
Herz (Woman with Heart) and Welt der Frau, (Woman's World), Prinz
said.

"There were scores of untruthful articles about my client in
the publications," he said.

The Hamburg state court confirmed that the judgment had been
made Thursday, but did not provide further details.

The Swedish Royal Court said in a statement that the court ruled
the articles were "untrue and degrading."

"Princess Madeleine intends to donate the money she is finally
awarded to charity," the statement said.

Sonnenverlag's parent company, Baden-Baden based KLAMBT media
group, also confirmed the ruling in a short statement.

"The amount of the court-ordered damages and the related
charges are in the range expected by the KLAMBT media group," the
statement said. "Appropriate accounting provisions were already
undertaken in 2004."

Company spokesman Jonas Schmieder said he could not provide more
information beyond the release, and declined to say whether the
company would attempt another appeal.

Madeleine Therese Amelie Josephine - the Princess of Sweden,
Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland - is the youngest child of
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

She has two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince
Carl Philip.


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