Last Friday, Her Royal Highness Princess Märtha Louise of Norway participated in a very popular talk show, Skavlan, which is broadcasted once a week on both Norwegian and Swedish television. Here she spoke candidly about several sensitive themes, her mental challenges, her belief in angels and the debate that occurred in Norway when she was young about whether she could take over the Norwegian throne or not.
In the 1980s, the Norwegian Parliament began to discuss whether women and men should be equal to inherit the Norwegian throne. Also, within the Norwegian Royal Family, this was a topic of conversation. The Princess says in the interview: “We talked about this in the family and discussed the problem with the Prime Minister and the King [Olav]. Everyone was discussing these things.”
The Constitution was finally changed in Norway. Women were equal to men to inherit the throne in 1990, but as a transition, it was decided that this did not apply to Princess Märtha Louise since she was born before 1990. In the talk show, the host, Fredrik Skavlan, mentioned to the Princess that she wished she was a boy when this discussion took place. The Princess said: “Because I am so sensitive, I felt that it would have been easier if I were a boy, then we would have this discussion, I would not have been a problem for the state or my family.”
The Princess also said that she is a very sensitive person. The Princess described that she felt she was not good enough for the role she was born into. She says she often felt it was very difficult to be a royal person. She could not meet the expectations of others. The Princess said: “I felt much lonely growing up. I was different. I was born a princess, and I was born extra sensitive.”
One of the reasons why Märtha Louise attended this interview was that she has recently released another book where she talks about sensitivity and spirituality. It is called Født Sensitiv Våre Historier or Born highly sensitive – our stories in English. In the book, she also tells about unknown stories from her royal childhood. The Princess says in it that she hated aisles, as well. As a princess, she had the lowest rank and always walked behind her grandfather, parents, and brother. In the book, she writes: “It was certainly not like that, but it felt like the attention from both sides of the aisle was directed at me, and it was massive. Step by step I walked with head bowed and eyes fixed in the aisle. Never dared I meet someone’s gaze. I was sure I was not only considered, but I also was convicted. And I did not know if I would survive it.