Princess Märtha Louise of Norway spoke to Vanity Fair España in a revealing interview, covering everything from growing up as a member of the Norwegian Royal Family to her recent divorce.
“You don’t wake up one morning and realise you’re a Princess. You are just born into that family, and for you, it is natural,” says the Princess.
“Official obligations were a challenge… I remember going to a church, and everyone turned their heads to see me. I felt judged and persecuted; I was unable to look them in the face.”
Of her recent divorce from Ari Behn, her husband of 14 years, Princess Märtha Louise is more succinct with her answers.
“I have never talked about it. You can write that I’m okay and our relationship is a good one,” she says, with the magazine noting that she “replies sharply.”
She says she is focused on protecting her three daughters, all under the age of 15.
“I try to protect them on stages so vulnerable like childhood and adolescence. It’s hard that the press doesn’t respect their privacy. Everyone has the right to decided if they want to be in the media or not. My daughters too.”
She also talks about her New Age beliefs – the hypersensitivity she feels – “If you enter a room and someone has a back pain, you have a back pain too. I wasn’t capable of detecting if the pain was mine or not…”
Princess Märtha Louise also speaks of how the hypersensitivity worked when she was younger.
“My mother is very athletic. She has climbed almost every hill in Norway. She runs…When she practised activities out in nature, she didn’t wear any makeup and smelled like her, like mother. But every time she went to a gala dinner, she put on Chanel No. 5. She went to say goodbye, and I could smell her perfume from 20 metres. Since then, I hate fragrances…I thought I would lose her.”
Of her childhood, she says, “Norway is a very free and equal country, there is no aristocracy. I grew in contact with people. I went to a public school. I was raised like any other child. Of course, I was always aware of my role and that my family environment was different.”
“Monarchy encourages stability and keeps the nation united. It guides the people through good, and especially, bad times. Politicians come and go.”