Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s son, Marius Borg Høiby, from a previous relationship, will celebrate his 20th birthday on Friday, and his mother has written an open letter to the Norwegian Press. She criticises them for the pressures put on her son.
“NRK TV news followed us when we were playing in Frogner Park in the afternoon. Marius was three-years-old. No one would think of doing that to a child today,” writes the Crown Princess. “Marius has always had a role that has been difficult to define. He is and will remain an exceptionally important part of our family.” She adds that “He should not have a public role and is not a public person.”
Marius will move to the United States to study Business Administration as he desires to have a private life. The pages about him on the official site of the Norwegian Royal Family will be removed. He will only appear in public for family occasions but will not perform any duties on behalf of the royal family. With her open letter, Crown Princess Mette-Marit shows that she supports her son’s decision completely.
“Marius does not want to live a life in public. My commitment to him as a mother is to take the responsibility that was given me at Aker Hospital 20 years ago seriously. Therefore I will now ask some Norwegian media let him be allowed to focus on what he wants, and for that reason, he chose to go abroad to study. Tomorrow he travels out into the world. A rare beautiful young man, with an open mind. As a mother, I could not have been prouder. And you others 20- year olds out there. I’m so proud and impressed by who you are. Through my work and all contacts I have had over the years with Marius’ friends and acquaintances, I have seen something of what you stand for. I wish you all well.”
Marius was born on 13 January 1997 to Mette-Marit and Morten Borg. When she met her future husband, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, in 1999 she was a single mother. Their engagement was announced on 1 December 2000, and they married on 25 August 2001. Some Norwegians felt that Crown Prince Haakon’s choice of wife was questionable because her previous involvement in a scene “where drugs were readily available.”
Since then, the couple has had a daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra (born 2004) and a son, Prince Sverre Magnus (born 2005).