Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway is suffering from the disease called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This was announced by the Norwegian Royal Court in a short press release this Thursday morning.
The press release stated:
“The Crown Princess has crystal-sickness. Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess receives treatment for crystal-sickness. The Crown Princess is improving, but after the doctor’s advice, the Crown Princess wil not travel to Tromsø today. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince will therefore conduct the travel alone. The Crown Princess will resume his official duties on Sunday, 26 November, 2017.”
Crystal-sickness is the Norwegian term for BPPV.
“She is fine. However, she needs some days to recover. She is very sad that she is not here today, because this is one of the things we care about, both of us. Probably it is easy to treat and she will be fine again in a few days. She expects to be back at work this weekend,” said the Crown Prince to Norwegian state television NRK.
BPPV, in Norwegian, is often referred to as “krystallsyke” (English: crystal- sickness) it causes you to get seizures where you become heavily dizzy, especially when you move your head. It is supposed to be caused by particles (“stones”, “crystals”) in the balance of the inner ear. As the head moves, these particles move and create wave movements within the arcades. The condition usually cures itself, but can often come back after some time.
The Crown Princess plans to resume her official duties on Sunday. Then, according to the royal court’s official program, she will attend a memorial ceremony for the deportation of Norwegian Jews during the Second World War.
The Crown Princess is not the only member of the Norwegian Royal Family who has recently has been ill. On Sunday it became known that The King was hospitalised last Friday for treatment of an infection. Later on Sunday, the Royal Court gave an update on The King’s health saying that he had become better, but that they were still uncertain when His Majesty could return to the castle. His Majesty the King was discharged from hospital on Monday morning.
On Thursday, the king was back at work again when he received the Foreign Minister in an audience and on Friday he held a state council for the government.