On Sunday last week, Crown Princess Mette Marit shared some news in a fresh post on Instagram. She confirmed that she has been a guest in a well-known Norwegian podcast. This is the Crown Princess’ very first assignment alone in almost a year. The last time the Crown Princess did an assignment all alone was when she visited the activity house in Sandvika on 27 February last year.
In the picture published by Her Royal Highness we get to see the actor, podcaster and stand-up comedian Else Kåss Furuseth. Else Kåss Furuseth also shared an update on her profile where she made it clear that she and the Crown Princess recorded an episode of Furuseth’s popular podcast.
Her Royal Highness has had several assignments with the Crown Prince, but that the Crown Princess has assignments on her own is not particularly common due to her lung disease. The Crown Princess’ participation in the podcast was not in the royal court’s public calendar, nor is it known at this time what the two were talking about or when the episode will be published.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has chronic pulmonary fibrosis. The Royal Court announced the illness in October 2018. On the effects of the disease, Her Royal Highness has said, “I am exhausted faster than before, so today I have to take more care of myself than I did before. I can decide more about my everyday life and I realise how good it is to me, I can just go for a walk and have more time to read, life has slowed down.” She added that she takes medications that assist in keeping track of her illness.
After the Crown Princess announced her illness, it has become more usual for Crown Prince Haakon to share nearly all her planned events so that he can attend if his wife isn’t able to. It is not known if the Crown Princess has received the vaccine for coronavirus. King Harald and Queen Sonja have both received their doses and are fully vaccinated.