Meet the world’s most scandalous princess

When it was revealed that Prince Harry was dating none other than “Suits” actress Meghan Markle, it sent shockwaves through the British establishment. Pearls were clutched, scrunchie-loving debutantes left heartbroken.

Here was a woman who had several strikes against her in the eyes of Buckingham Palace mandarins, including the fact she divorced and had appeared in racy scenes on the TV, dating the Ginger Charmer. Meghan was far from obvious royal material.

Fast forward two years and the relatively newly minted Duchess of Sussex seems to be doing a tremendous job of fitting into the royal fold, her penchant for rebellious leg crossing aside.

However, Meghan has nothing and we mean nothing, in the scandalous royal stakes when it comes to Princess Sofia of Sweden.

While these days you will find myriad images of her smiling joyfully, her ridiculously dashing husband Prince Carl Philip by her side, Sofia has been famous in her native Sweden for years for her less than regal pastimes.

In fact, Princess Sofia unquestionably has the most risque past of any woman in modern times who has had to learn how to curtsy and wear a tiara.

First, there’s the whole Slitz magazine thing. Age 20, Sofia Hellqvist turned to “glamour modeling,” to reportedly help pay for college, posing for the Swedish lad’s title. Her first photo shoot involved her posing wearing nothing but camouflage print knickers and a live snake. Such was her popularity, in 2004 she took out the title of Miss Slitz.

Her newfound fame propelled her into, where else, but reality TV, when she starred on a show called “Paradise Hotel,” a high concept series that involved filling a luxury hotel with single people to see what might happen. (One notable scene saw her get a topless massage from a male contestant.)

She later met porn star Jenna Jameson in Las Vegas and revealed to Slitz that the pair had kissed. “We ended up at the same party as Jenna. She came up saying that I was one of the cutest girls she had seen and wanted me to come and sit with them,” she recounted.

Sofia then relocated to New York where she kept a secret blog with her bestie during this time which detailed their party lifestyle, including hanging out with Puff Daddy.

“To be a woman in NY is an advantage. Don’t take this the wrong way, but here the men aim to please,” one post read. Riiiiiight. In another, they detailed partying with Mark Wahlberg, saying, “He was calm and laid-back! We weren’t. We had fun with our crew, sang karaoke and rocked standing on the sofas.” (Nothing says rebel like standing on a sofa.)

That whole pesky first husband thing that Meghan has isn’t looking so outre now, is it?

But, fate was about to change Sofia’s destiny courtesy of a chance nightclub meeting. In 2010 she was introduced to probably the world’s hottest prince, Carl Philip, during a night out in Stockholm. By the next year, the couple had moved in together in one of the capital’s ritzier suburbs and Sofia started focusing on charity work. Appearances at royal family events, such as the christening of Crown Princess Victoria’s daughters followed and in 2015 she and her literal prince charming wed in lavish style.

Still, despite her very royal makeover, all pearls and sensible court shoes, Sofia has not quite done away with her risque roots. For her big day, she chose an intricate couture lace frock — which also showed off the large sun tattoo she has on her back. (She also has a butterfly tattoo and a belly button ring.)

Princess Sofia is pretty sanguine about her Paris Hilton-esque past, saying in a documentary in 2013, “for me it’s pretty boring, it happened ten years ago and I’ve moved on with my life. But no regrets, experience shapes a person.”

We second that sentiment. Even when it comes to royalty, you do you, snake and all.

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