These allegations are a nightmare for Princess Victoria and her family. The official court chef of the Swedish royal family is accused by several women of sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Princess Victoria: Court cook reported for sexual harassment
These allegations are a major stress test for Princess Victoria, 43, and the Swedish royal family. Her court chef Stefano Catenacci, 54, who also catered for the high-ranking guests at the wedding of the heir to the throne with Prince Daniel, 47, in June 2010, is under fire. The celebrity chef from the purveyor to the court “Operakällaren” has been reported by young women for sexual harassment. The royal family draws consequences: “We are in contact with the ‘Operakällaren’ and have made it clear that we are looking at this matter with great seriousness. Now they have brought in an external investigator to conduct an investigation let’s ask ourselves whether you can continue as a delivery partner for us, ” explains information chief Margareta Thorgren to the Swedish tabloid “Expressen” at the end of last week.
Now, last weekend, an open letter from Stefano Catenacci appeared in the Swedish daily newspaper “Dagens Nyheter”. In it he announced that he would end his positions both as head chef at the ‘Operakällaren’ and his special role as court chef with immediate effect. He himself did not want to offend anyone or offend anyone and apologize to everyone who felt hurt by his behavior. Nevertheless, in his letter he vehemently denies the serious allegations made against him. The internal investigation should now provide clarification.
The reports now available for sexual harassment at work are a disaster for the royal family. Queen Silvia, 76, and daughter Princess Madeleine, 38, are explicitly committed to combating abuse in the Childhood Foundation.
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Source used: Dana Press, Expressen, Dagens Nyheter