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Crown Princess Mette-Marit: “I almost wanted to be pregnant again”

For the last days, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has travelled by train from her home in Asker to her native city of Kristiansand to shed light on Norwegian literature. It was on Friday, during an open conversation with the writer Wencke Mühleisen, that the Crown Princess said, “I almost wanted to be pregnant again.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit had read the author’s last book All Common Sense and said it was the content of the book that made her want to be pregnant again. The conversation with the author went well over the scheduled time, and the Crown Princess would like to continue the conversation for the whole week, she told the audience when they had to conclude the discussion.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit. Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / Det kongelige hoff / The Royal Court

“There are some sentences here that have such an existential gravity that they really touch me,” said the Crown Princess. Her Royal Highness further revealed that while reading the book, she wrote small notes on the side of the pages. One of these notes said, “I do not understand what you are doing with me; you completely rip me up.” So, it is clear that this was a book that the Crown Princess enjoyed.

The Crown Princess told the audience that she had to stop halfway through the book, and she called the author and told her she was unable to read more. “But then I thought, God, I have to read the rest, and I did it with pleasure. But I have the last ten pages left,” says Mette-Marit.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s family. Published on 20 July 2013 on the occasion of The Crown Prince’s 40th birthday. Photo: Sølve Sundsbø, The Royal Court.

“I wonder if my daughter Ingrid can grow up as freely as I did because today it feels like the beauty ideal and everything makes it not as easy,” said the Crown Princess.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the mother of three children. She has a son, Marius Borg Høiby from a former relationship. Together with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, she has two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway. It is Princess Ingrid Alexandra who will one day succeed her father as the regent of Norway.

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