Who the Heck is Miss Carina Axelsson “The American Not Exactly a Princess but Close Enough” Who Lives at Schloss Berleburg?

ca1As of late there seems to be a tremendous amount of interest in Miss Carina Axelsson, the 40-something American woman who is, not exactly a princess but close enough, living at Schloss Berleburg in Germany with her permanent boyfriend, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Why there is so much interest in Miss Axelsson is truly beyond me.  With that being said, I thought I would provide my loyal readers with a “semi-fact list” about this mysterious woman who has overtaken Schloss Berleburg.  Furthermore, the woman who is lucky enough to wear a tiara at many royal engagements (even though many royal watchers believe her latest tiara is filled with fake diamonds).

So, let’s start shall we?   🙂

CAAccording to my “favorite” Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, Miss Carina Axelsson was born and raised in northern California, specifically Los Gatos just east of Santa Cruz, a place known for alternative living, aging hippies, and marijuana loving surfers (Santa Cruz that is).

Miss Axelsson was apparently a model which began in San Francisco, CA in the late eighties.  Then she was shipped off to New York City, and finally she landed in Paris, France.  Rumors abound that she was on the cover of Marie Claire (France), Vogue (France), and editorials in many European magazines.  However, at this time evidence states otherwise.  Not one royal watcher has been able to track down evidence to support this claim which leaves many of them doubting her stint as a model.

For some reason she enrolled in night school — École Boulle to be exact — in Paris whereupon she earned her AA degree as an illustrator. Anyway, some time later she published a book called Nigel of Hyde Park.  Now, I never heard of this book so I’m going to assume that it didn’t sell as many copies as the Harry Potter series. Apparently, there is a second Nigel book  — hence part deux — but again royal watchers have yet to find the book nor information about it. Perhaps they are not trying that hard.

surpriseswbSo, after fourteen years in lovely old Paris she met His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg at some random schwingding dinner party in Germany. According to Prince Gustav, in an interview with Billed Bladet:

I had accepted an invitation to dinner by some friends in Germany. A couple of friends, one knew Carina and one knew me. It was a set-up. I had come to meet Carina and that second her mobile phone rang. All the mobile phones kept ringing throughout the dinner. After the dinner finished, Carina had turned on her phone again. I took her number and called her up from another part of the room and love began.

schlossberleburgHis Serene Highness Prince Gustav began dating Miss Axelsson soon after.  Then in June 2006, she made her first official appearance with the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg family at the princely wedding of Prince Phillip of Hesse and Miss Laetitia Bechtolf in Germany.   Thereafter, Miss Axelsson, according to Billed Bladet, moved into Schloss Berleburg.

As the years passed, Miss Axelsson made her presence known around the castle.  She took it upon herself to restore the schloss to the alleged horror of His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Prince Gustav’s super awesome Dad) who allegedly found her to be somewhat of an annoyance, yet he tolerated her behavior according to a recent Svensk Damtidning article.  Even the local Bad Berleburgers began to refer to her as Frau Axelsson: The Lady of the Schloss.


With her badass self Miss Axelsson uncovered valuable treasures in the basement of the schloss. Eventually she decided — allegedly — to use the items and turn them into an exhibit at Schloss Berleburg.  It was her idea — allegedly — to open up a museum where tourists could gaze upon beautiful artifacts that had been buried for over 100 years at Schloss Berleburg.  Rumor has it that Miss Axelsson thought it would be a brilliant idea to open up a coffeehouse within the castle.  Yeah — if true — it is tacky. But, I suppose if the schloss is hard up for money why not charge thirsty tourists $8.00 per a cup of cappuccino, right?

CarinaMarySRWWhile all this was going on, Carina and Prince Gustav continued to make appearances at various royal events with the Danish royal family (Prince Gustav’s Mom is the younger sister of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark).  Soon, Miss Axelsson became BFFs with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Then Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Miss Tatiana Blatnik (now Her Royal Highness Princess Tatiana of Greece), and  His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.  Whew.

swedenYou are probably wondering by now why Miss Axelsson and Prince Gustav have not married, right?  Well, um, there is a bit of a problem.  You see Prince Gustav’s grandfather, Prince Gustav Albrecht, was kind of a Nazi-loving jackass (he was heir to the house which he deliberately passed to Prince Gustav not Prince Richard).  According to Professor Jonathan Petropulos, European historian at the prestigious Claremont McKenna College and author of the book, Royals and the Reich, Prince Gustav Albrecht is on the official list of German princes and high nobility who were registered within the Nazi Party (if you have the book, Royals and the Reich, the published list begins on page 380. Shocking to say the least).

So, at the beginning of WWII Prince Gustav Albrecht drafted up a Will which stated that his heir, a son which years later was Prince Gustav, had to marry a Protestant Aryan woman of noble descent.  Miss Carina Axelsson is neither. She is part Latina (Mexican-American via her mother) and Swedish (via her father). And, clearly, Miss Axelsson is no where being close to being a noble.  That is why she and Prince Gustav haven’t taken the plunge.

carina-axelssonHowever, many royal watchers believe the two are secretly married.  Why do they believe this? Miss Axelsson’s massive ruby and diamond ring on her married ring finger.  She tends to show it off every time there is a camera around. I, mean, wouldn’t you with that giant rock on your finger?  Thought so.

Today, the couple continue to live at Schloss Berleburg in Germany and Miss Axelsson continues to make her mark around town.  In the past, she established the Nigel Awards, restored the interior of the Schloss to pristine condition (which allegedly irritated Prince Richard), allegedly established a capitalistic coffeehouse, started a museum at the schloss, illustrated an Advent calendar for the local museum whereupon proceeds were donated to the local library, held an exhibition of her illustrations at the Bad Berleburg Museum, co-hosted several charity events with Princess Benedikte at Schloss Berleburg, decorated a billion Christmas trees within schloss and showed them off to Denmark’s biggest royal kiss-ass magazine Billed Bladet as well as with various German newspapers, and continues to flaunt her fabulous new tiara at various royal events.

carinaNow, you may be wondering, “What is this chica’s beef with Miss Carina Axelsson?” Well, actually, there isn’t one.  Sure, I believe she is living in lalaland… pretending that she’s a princess.  She did say, after all, that “I never imagined that I would become a real life princess…”

However, I will say that I admire her for restoring the aging schloss and for promoting it in the Danish media.  Afterall, it does bring in the moola to Schloss Berleburg in these crappy economic times. So who can fault her?  Not I.   🙂

UPDATE! Twenty years later…   🙂

I was recently notified by a reader that the infamous coffeehouse is not owned nor was opened by Miss Axelsson, but by some dude named, Christoph.

5 thoughts on “Who the Heck is Miss Carina Axelsson “The American Not Exactly a Princess but Close Enough” Who Lives at Schloss Berleburg?”

  1. Good article! Maybe the interest is there, because Carina has IMO more charisma than Marie or Mary. Don´t want to exaggerate it, but it´s not difficult to have more charisma than Chip ‘n’ Dale from Denmark XD

  2. She opened a coffeehouse in the castle? That’s hilarious (and just barely 1 step above a gift shop). Maybe that’s how she’s able to stay in Germany-as a business owner.

    Unless she and Prince Ruddy Cheeks von Blah are secretly married after all…
    I’m still curious about that tiara. Where did it come from (if not Forever 21)?

  3. You know, it finally dawned on me who she looks like: Madonna, as Eva Peron. And the comparisons can’t stop there, down to the over-glossed and over ‘toxed. Simply not a flattering likeness, though, especially when you can bounce a quarter off that forehead.

    That interview that you commented on – the pink press, er, BB article – was really a piece of work. She didn’t just slam Prince Richard, she slammed Princess Benedikt by underscoring how neglected the castle was, and slammed Natalie (Gustav’s sister) by the comments about dressage being a closed world. (Natalie is a world-class equestrian.) Gee, is there anyone who *likes* you – that lives there? I’m guessing no, missy almost-princessy…

    Oh – don’t fall for the “grandfather’s will” line that her overworked publicist put out there. The equal marriages part is House law from the 17th century, and they’ve all been livin’ large off of that estate that was preserved under the “Nazi” will. Any good lawyer, faced with ruinous taxes, will do a generation-skipping estate. It’s not a compliment to Gustav or a slam at Richard – who by the way *is* college educated, not, ahem, “self-educated.”

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