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Royal teenagers in the house, but how do mum and dad feel?

Prince Sverre, Mette-Marit, Ingrid, Haakon

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway may have their hands full as heir to the throne, but they also thrive in the role of teenage parents. In 2001, the relatively unknown Mette-Marit Høiby and Crown Prince Haakon were married, and the Norwegian royal family gained a new member. Three years later, the Crown Prince couple had their first child together, Ingrid Alexandra. Norway’s future queen saw the light of day on a cold January day, and barely two years later, they welcomed Prince Sverre Magnus.

As 2nd-in-line to the throne, Ingrid Alexandra was immediately born with responsibility and expectations, a role she has handled masterfully, even before the official day of authority which was celebrated in June 2022 with a grand party.

Although the Crown Prince Couple have stood firm for over two decades, the stage is now ripe for a major change in their relationship. Of course, it cannot be denied that Mette-Marit and Haakon are no longer parents of young children a bitter-sweet realisation all parents one day come to terms with.

Prince Sverre Magnus is 17-years-old, and Ingrid Alexandra will turn 19 in a few weeks time. It also means that they will eventually want their independence, and fledge the Skaugum Estate in a near future. The parents, it seems, do not seem to be looking forward to this.

During the NRK documentary ‘The Year with the Royal Family’, the Crown Princess said: “It is a blessing to have teenagers in the house. Being able to be a part of their lives, follow them and their friends in everything they do, and all the discussions we have. So much we learn from them every day. I feel so lucky to be so close to them, and I fear that they will soon leave the house! It will probably be a bit empty then.”

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon then added: “I agree and both father and I are concerned that people should be allowed to make their own life and learn from their own mistakes.”

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.