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Crown Princess Mette-Marit speaks about her disease

In late November, it became publicly known that Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway suffered from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. On Tuesday of this week, the Crown Princess was interviewed on the popular radio channel P3 in Norway. Then, she commented on her sickness.

During the interview, the Crown Princess said, “I thought I had come early in menopause.” However, the Crown Princess explained that she now feels much better, but that she, from time to time, forgets more.

The Crown Princess received flowers when she arrived at the nursing home last week. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The Crown Princess is sure that it is training that triggered the illness. “I have been incredibly good at training this fall and am very pleased with it. We are a team of four girls who use a video app where we train at home in our living room,” she told and added, “Last week there were some movements I cannot show because I am afraid I will trigger the crystals again.”

However, it was not during the training that the Crown Princess noted that something was wrong. The Crown Princess said, “I was in a meeting with Haakon and my mother-in-law and father-in-law [King Harald and Queen Sonja] and several from our management team, I turned my head quickly and then it was just as if the whole world began to move.”

After this, the Crown Princess failed to continue the meeting and had to retreat. “I slept for four hours,” she said.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess leave the Parliament earlier this year. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

BPPV, in Norwegian, is often referred to as “krystallsyke” (English: crystal sickness). It causes you to get seizures where you become heavily dizzy, especially when you move your head. It is supposed to be caused by particles (“stones” or “crystals”) in the balance of the inner ear. As the head moves, these particles move and create wave movements within the arcades. The condition usually cures itself, but can often come back after some time.

Mette-Marit was very well last week. Then she and Crown Prince Haakon participated in the traditional celebration of St. Lucia at a nursing home in Lørenskog, just outside Norway’s capital Oslo.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.