Well of course they are all kind ghosts.
It wouldn't sound very good if she was honest and said that there used to be only kind ghosts, but that angry ancestors have been spotted every day since around 2009-2010 and that things have gone much worse the last couple of years. Some people might think that this could have something to do with the fact that the king seems to hate his country and its people because he welcomed a gold digger into the family AND gave her a title...
Haha... Well said
To imagine at some point in time this family was worthy of a crown
I think it would be really interesting to compare the actual life accomplishments
of the first king vs. the current king.... I realize the job requirements have changed considerably but still interesting...
Yes! Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte - First Bernadotte monarch. He did accomplished a lot for Sweden, more than CG could have ever done, and didn't let his son, Oscar I, to marry an inappropiate person.
Well, on the appropriateness of Josephine jr., Oscar I?s wife, one could at least dispute a bit.
She was the daughter of Josephine?s son from her first marriage, before she married Napoleon.
This son, Eugene, got the chance to marry Auguste of Bavaria mainly because he was Napoleon?s step son. Or maybe one should say Napoleon forced him to marry Augusta,
because that was another way to ?link? the wider imperial family (which was in no way ancient nobility, but came from poor Corsika on Napeleons side and from the colonies on Josephines side, while Eugenes father died under the guillotine) to the ancient royalty of Europe.
When Josephine jr. was born, Eugene was Viceroy of Italia ? but only because Napoleon made him so after defeating the coalition in Marengo and crowning himself as King of Italy. When Josephine jr. was three years old, her grandmother had to divorce from Napoleon, and he had snatched Marie-Louise of Austria instead, a further idea to cement himself into royalty be getting a son with the daugther of Austrias Emperor.
After Napoleons final defeat, also Eugenes Viceroy title was null and void, and Eugene & Augusta went to exile to her father in Bavaria, together with their kids, and got granted the Leuchtenberg title.
So for a blood royal, Josephine jr. might have seen as a princess with only 50% royal blood and some obscure social climber father.
But then again, also Oscar?s father Jean Baptiste wasn?t a blood royal, but the son of a lawyer, married to the daughter of a silk merchant, who was, after an excellent military career, elected to be Crown Prince of Sweden.
I am sure that Napoleon expected him to be a string puppet for the Empire, which he absolutely wasn?t, and as Maria said, Jean Baptiste (Karl XIV Johan) pursued his royal duties with the same efficiency he was used to from his Military career.
Obviously, Jean Baptiste left the choice of bride to Oscar himself, only telling him that his own first choice would be one of the Danish princesses (who Oscar didn?t fancy when visiting them).
Oscar is said to have felt for Josephine jr. the moment he saw her, she being a beauty.
Another issue with Josephine jr. was that she kept her roman-catholic believe (like her MIL, Desir?e), which went not down well in protestantic Sweden.