Crown Princess on sick leave

Crown Princess Mette-Marit had to cancel all her appointments this week because of a neck prolapse that’s been an ongoing problem, confirmed the Royal Palace on Tuesday. She’s been put on sick leave for the next two weeks, and it may be extended.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, photographed in connection with her 40th birthday in August. PHOTO: kongehuset.no

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, photographed in connection with her 40th birthday in August. PHOTO: kongehuset.no

The painful ailment means Mette-Marit will also drop out of the crown couple’s long-planned official visit to Finland on October 22-23. Her husband, Crown Prince Haakon, will now travel to Finland alone.

“The crown princess will try to carry out some arrangements if the sick leave period is extended,” palace spokeswoman Marianne Hagen told state broadcaster NRK.

She was supposed to take part in a literature tour on board a train from Bodø in Northern Norway to Værnes, outside Trondheim, this week. The idea was to fill the train with books and ride from stop to stop along the Nordlandsbanen route to promote literature. That had to be dropped as well.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit did manage to make an appearance at last week’s quick “friendship visit” from the new King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, whose mother recently abdicated, and his wife, Queen Maxima. Norway’s crown couple met them at the airport on Wednesday, escorted them into Oslo and joined in a luncheon hosted at the palace by King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Mette-Marit has already been dropped from the palace’s official program for the next few weeks, though. In Finland, Haakon will now meet Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö alone, in a visit meant to “focus on the close cooperation” between Finland and Norway.

Crown Prince Haakon will also meet Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, visit the ship design company Aker Arctic and attend a dinner held in his honor by Niinistö.

The visit was also scheduled to include stops at the classic textile and clothing firm Marimmeko, Aalto University and at a children’s school.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

  • Robert Cumming

    What’s she go to be sick of?

    • Robert Neve

      well either she works and has a right to sick leave or she does nothing in which case she isn’t on sick leave and this is a non story.

      • Robert Cumming

        I don’t think she does very much at all, she doesn’t even do looking like a pretty princess very well.

        • Robert Neve

          I fail to see how her looks have any bearing but if she doesn’t do much I assume you have no extra complaints about her continuing that.

          • Robert Cumming

            I’d be happy if they removed her from the picture entirely, I don’t think a slapper party girl was the right choice for a future Queen.

            • Robert Neve

              Well I don’t think it’s your choice to decide who the prince has to spend his life with. When you let public opinion pick your wife then maybe you can claim the same should dictate his. Besides which she has shown that you can turn your life around. Frankly if that’s not a good role model then I highly doubt a pampered poodle would be.

              • Robert Cumming

                Yeah right, she was slapper who landed a prince and now lives a great life sponging off the Norwegian taxpayer, spending more money on clothes each year then most could dream of earning whilst having the personality of a toilet roll. Had she not landed the prince she probably would have ended up like many of her ilk with many children to several fathers and living on the benefit. She can’t be compared to any of the other women in Europe in her position (Mary, Kate, Maxima), she’s basically Norwegian trailer trash.

                • MatforsMats

                  Trailer trash, in Norway, you gotta be sh*ting me?

            • Observer2796

              Hey now! Leave MM alone already. Despite her past, she’s trying hard to cultivate a better image of herself and her husband.

              • Robert Cumming

                She’s failed and her husband is a tool. As for the sister who communes with angels and that fool she married, words escape me, god help the Norwegian royal family, they should be living in a trailer park they are so trashy.

  • Robert Neve

    well if you ever have a slipped disk I expect to see you continue work rather than take up valuable doctor’s time with a “crick” in your neck.

  • MatforsMats

    I wonder if she’s gonna be on sick-leave as a private person, just as when she took off her crown to travel to india to support a friend who needed insemination or whatever?