The Titled Aristocracy Is Now Slumming It In Gritty East Village

102228470 The Titled Aristocracy Is Now Slumming It In Gritty East VillageThe New York Post has an item today about a seemingly unimportant rich person who lives in the East Village. The reason for his inclusion in the standard-bearing gossip column is less due to his own exploits — though he is, like, a millionaire or something — and more to his girlfriend’s. Her name is Madeleine Thérèse Amélie Joséphine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Or, in other words, Princess Madeleine.

The Post is aghast that the Nordic royal would even think of leaving the comfortable boredom of her Upper East Side digs for the mean streets of dodgy East Village. Despite the shock locals confirm that the two were “canoodling.”

And the PDA is not limited to downtown!

A Spanish tourist armed with a cellphone took a video of the lovebirds at the Central Park Boathouse that has become an Internet sensation in the Nordic nation. Madeleine, the height of style in a white fur vest, is seen affectionately rubbing O’Neill’s arm.

OK, yes, we know there’s nothing truly gritty about quaint and dressed-up East Village, but we’re still going to entertain this as a potential trend. Kate and Wills will be moving into Alphabet City in no time.

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