But not so, it seems, if the follow-up on Tuesday is to be believed.
“Madeleine risks prosecution,” declared the paper, before going on to explain that an internal investigation has been launched into whether the princess’s security police themselves committed a crime as they tried to keep up with her.
At the time, Princess Madeleine denied that she was speeding as she returned from a week’s holiday at the royal family’s summer home, Solliden.
“I was never going as fast as 160,” she told Expressen. “When I left Solliden I fixed the maximum speed setting at 110 kilometers an hour.”
While that’s the kind of common sense that the public would expect from a royal, the dashing princess took a wrong turning with her next comment.
“I’m aware that when I overtook I drove a little faster, but never at the speed they say. Straight after I had overtaken I put the speed setting back to 110 kilometers an hour.”
The problem for Madeleine is that if the security officers are found to have been speeding it will imply that she also broke the speed limit. And that, as Expressen helpfully reminded its readers, is a crime. Unlike her father – who was reported to have been seen driving at 160km/h on his way to Drottningholm Palace from Karlskoga – Madeleine is not immune from prosecution.
“I know which police officers were involved and now they will be questioned about it,” said the prosecutor Monica Mimer.
According to Wednesday’s Aftonbladet, Queen Silvia has something far more important to worry about than her daughter’s brush with the law: the king’s best friends are all marrying younger women.
“Silvia is jolly irritated,” an ‘informed’ source told the paper.
The source of the royal displeasure was the king’s childhood friend, 57 year old Count Carl Adam “Noppe” Lewenhaupt who this week married Lee Haeng-Wha, 13 years his junior.
The count could hardly be accused of cradle-snatching, but his marriage comes hot on the frisky heels of the news that the king’s old pal Aje Philipson, 61, is expecting a child with his 24 year old girlfriend, Bathina El-Soudi.
The queen – who, incidentally, is said to make annual visits to a plastic surgeon in Brazil – apparently considered boycotting Count Lewenhaupt’s wedding bash and “finds it hard to accept new young women in the king’s circle of friends”.
“She is furious,” said Aftonbladet’s source. “She just thinks these young women are out to become countesses.”
But the king takes a rather different view.
“He thinks it’s fun to hang out with young women,” said the source. “It’s a breath of fresh air at parties, as he often says.”