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Princess Märtha Louise used to sleep on a pea to test if she was a Princess

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway used to sleep on a pea when she was a little girl to test if she really was a princess. Why, may you ask? In the famous fairytale “The Princess and the Pea “ by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the criteria to be a princess was to lay down on a bed with many mattresses. Under the bottom of the mattress, a small pea was laid. If you lay on all the mattresses and still could feel the pea, then you were a real princess.

Princess Märtha Louise, however, found that she was not able to feel the pea through her mattress—just like any regular non-fictional human. “When I did not get any bruises, I became terrified,” she said to the Swedish newspaper Expressen. The Norwegian princess also spoke openly about many other subjects. Among other things, she said that she never understood why people looked up to her just because she was a Princess. You can read more about this here.

The Countess of Wessex together with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, at the celebrations of King Harald and Queen Sonja. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Princess Märtha Louise has not had a very easy autumn. Last month, she fell off her horse and broke her leg. Princess Märtha Louise posted the news on her Facebook and Instagram pages together with the following statement: “So Carsall [the horse] jumped well today, but his turning around was so fast, I fell off and broke a bone in my leg. I was so excited to ride this weekend”. The Princess is now much better. At the end of October, she published a picture of herself on Instagram in a wheelchair on holiday in Spain.

Princess Märtha Louise is King Harald and Queen Sonja’s older child, and Crown Prince Haakon’s sister. She is named after her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, born a Princess of Sweden. Princess Märtha Louise has published several books, studied physiotherapy, Rosen therapy and holistic medicine, and runs the Princess Märtha Louise’s Fund. She has three daughters with ex-husband Ari Behn.

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