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BREAKING: Crown Princess Mette-Marit to undergo surgery

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway is sick and will undergo a minor operation on Monday. This was the message from the Norwegian Royal Court that was released on Thursday afternoon. Furthermore, the Crown Princess will cancel all her planned events the next week.

The press release published Thursday afternoon from the royal court says: “Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess has had health problems for some time and will next Monday undergo a minor surgical procedure. This means that the Crown Princess will be off duty until Easter. Therefore, on the advice of her doctor, the planned trip to Leipzig on Saturday will be cancelled.”

The Crown Princess was at work last Tuesday with her mother-in-law, Queen Sonja. Royal Central was present at the opening of the new art exhibition. Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen says that the Crown Princess on Tuesday seemed perfectly well and was in a good mood.

The Crown Princess along with Queen Sonja at work Tuesday this week. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The Palace has not released what kind of operation the Crown Princess will have. On the other hand, it is highly likely that this has something to do with the Crown Princess’s balance disease. It became clear last year that Her Royal Highness has BPPV. This was confirmed by the Crown Princess herself in an interview in last year.

The Crown Princess is sure that it is training that triggered the illness. “I have been incredibly good at training this fall and am very pleased with it. We are a team of four girls who use a video app where we train at home in our living room,” she told and added, “Last week there were some movements I cannot show because I am afraid I will trigger the crystals again.”

BPPV, in Norwegian, is often referred to as “krystallsyke” (English: crystal sickness). It causes you to have episodes where you become extremely dizzy, especially when you move your head. It is caused by particles (“stones” or “crystals”) in the balance of the inner ear. As the head moves, these particles move and create wave movements. The condition usually cures itself, but can often come back after some time.

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