Royals rarely give insights into their emotional world. Mette-Marit from Norway has now made an exception and spoke openly about their fears and worries in a podcast.
Mette-Marit has been an integral part of the Norwegian royal family for more than 20 years. The 47-year-old is now firmly integrated and has found her place with the Royals. But that was not always so. Even today, the Norwegian still does not like to remember some moments from the past, as Crown Prince Haakon’s wife has now revealed.
“It’s a terrible feeling”
“ The re are some stages in my life, perhaps especially the early stages of me and Haakon, that I still can’t think about without feeling sick,” says Mette-Marit, unusually frankly, in the podcast “ The Kåss Furuseths”. It was a tremendous pressure to suddenly be in the spotlight at the side of a prince. Because as a commoner, she had no idea about life as a member of a royal family.
Mette-Marit and Haakon: In 2000 the two announced their engagement. (Source: All Over Press / Getty Images)
With all the pressure came a feeling of shame. “It’s a terrible feeling. I really promised myself that after this time I would never be ashamed again. The re is nothing that could make me feel that I am somehow not good enough,” the Crown Princess continued.
“I am very ashamed”
But in 2018 Mette-Marit was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. A serious, chronic illness caused by recurrent or long-lasting inflammation of the lung tissue, causing coughing, shortness of breath and a lack of oxygen. The Norwegian had to cancel several appointments and generally cut back on her job.
And again she felt ashamed. “I am very ashamed that I am sick,” said Mette-Marit. Because of the illness, she could not be “the one everyone expected”, she could no longer work as much as she did before she was diagnosed. Since then, her husband Haakon has done a few appointments alone, and Mette-Marit’s daughter Alexandra Ingrid also steps in from time to time.