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    >>> now to a royal drama in sweden making headlines around the world. a princess there has suddenly canceled her wedding on the reports that her fiance had an affair. here's nbc 's stephanie gosk.

    >> reporter: 27-year-old princess madelyn of sweden . beautiful, glamorous, and charming. "forbes" magazine ranked her among the world's hottest royals. she was set to marry her love of eight years, the dashing lawyer proposed on the mediterranean island of capri last june. a real-life fairytale romance. until the rumors started. swedish papers reported that he had a pension for partying hard in stockholm and a wandering eye . and then the proof. 21-year-old tora, a former professional handball player, told a popular magazine she was intimate with him while on a ski trip.

    >> to journalists in sweden , this does not come as a big surprise because there has been rumors around for weeks now, for months even.

    >> reporter: she claims she had no idea who he was. i could not foresee the kind of attention this would get. i feel sorry for madelyn.

    >> i think it was sad because i think they were great couple.

    >> reporter: amid a fury of press attention, princess madelyn fled to new york . the royal wedding was called off. madelyn is the youngest of three royal siblings. not the only one whose personal life has created something of a rough ride for the swedish royal court . her risk-taking older brother dumped his girlfriend of ten years for an often-scantily clad reality tv star.

    >> it just goes to show, even in the most well-to-do families with all the money and everything they'd ever want in the world, problems can still arise.

    >> reporter: but all is not lost. crown princess victoria , first in line to the swedish throne is set to marry in a $13 million wedding this june. princess madelyn will have her choice of royal young suitors. while the world waits for william and kate middleton 's big announcement, this swedish royal romance is definitely over. for "today," stephanie gosk, nbc news, london.

    >> so she's somewhere here in

updated 4/26/2010 10:49:16 AM ET 2010-04-26T14:49:16

Princess Madeleine of Sweden has broken off her engagement with attorney Jonas Bergstrom, the Royal Court announced.

"They have decided that the best for them is to go their separate ways," the palace said in a brief statement issued April 24.

The court asked for the media to leave the princess and her former fiancé alone.

"They need peace and quiet in this difficult situation. The heavy coverage does not ease the situation for them," it said, adding it would not comment further on the issue.

The couple announced their engagement in August last year, but a date had not yet been set for the wedding.

Video: Will Kate be the next U.K. princess? The reasons for the breakup were not disclosed, but Norwegian magazine Se og Hoer published an interview this week with a woman named Tora Uppstroem Berg who claimed she had spent a night with the princess' fiancé at a popular Swedish skiing resort last year.

The court has not commented on the report.

According to the Royal Court calendar, the princess is set to spend the next few weeks in the U.S. to work with the World Childhood Foundation.

Madeleine, 27, is third in line to the Swedish throne, after her sister Crown Princess Victoria and brother Prince Carl Philip. After completing an undergraduate degree in art, history and ethnology in 2006, she has combined studies in social affairs with work for the World Childhood Foundation in Stockholm.

Bergstrom, 31, has a master's degree in law and has worked as an associate lawyer at a firm in Stockholm since 2006.

Madeleine Therese Amelie Josephine — the Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland — is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

She has two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria who is getting married to her fiancé Daniel Westling in June and Prince Carl Philip.

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