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Crown Prince Family of Norway mourns beloved Labradoodle

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The Crown Prince Family of Norway is mourning the death of their beloved Labradoodle, Muffins.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram, saying the eight-year-old dog died from cancer this week. The Crown Princess shared several images of the pooch alongside their family during their last holiday.

Mette-Marit said: “This week our Muffin died of cancer. The whole family’s fun sea urchin and best friend was born at home in the living room. Ever since she came into the world, she has been a natural centre of our lives.

“She has been fed, dressed in all kinds of gloves, taken on trips and skis and has had a good dog life. She could be really naughty and loved to run away, but most of all, Muffins was especially fond of cuddles, children, robotic lawnmowers and Milly.

“She has given us all more love, comfort and laughter than we can hope for, and everyone here and Mom Milly misses her very much.”

The Crown Prince Family in 2013 after the birth of the puppies. Photo: Veronica Melå / Outside Allfarvei AS / The Royal Court

Princess Märtha Louise, the older sister of Crown Prince Haakon, commented on the post writing, “We miss her a lot. She was so very cuddly and cheerful.”

Muffins was the daughter of the family’s other dog, Milly. Milly gave birth to a litter of nine pups in the Crown Prince Family’s home on 15 June 2013.

Muffins was at the centre of several family events and welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Skagum Estate in early 2018.

Muffins greeting the Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, The Royal Court

Back in 2017, she gave the family a scare as she ran off while the family was skiing at Furuholmen in Vestmarkanot. Then, the Crown Princess posted a photo of Muffins on her Instagram, pleading for help from the public, saying, “She is very fond of people…she is a pretty big Labradoodle, 3-years-old.” Muffins was later found safe in the family’s car.

At the time, Mette-Marit posted on Instagram: “My beautiful and wise man [Crown Prince Haakon] had fortunately left the car door open in the parking lot”, and when they were getting ready to search once again, “we found her.”

After her adventure, Muffins jumped in the family’s car and laid down.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.