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Norway's crown princess asks media to leave eldest son alone

Crown Princess Mette-Marit has asked Norwegian media to leave her eldest son alone.

Mette-Marit said Marius Borg Hoiby, her son from a previous relationship who has no royal title or official duties, has in recent years "been exposed to pressure" from some media "that I don't feel is worthy of them".

He "is not a public person", she added.

Norway's future queen made headlines in 2001 when she married Crown Prince Haakon, because she was a single mother who had lived a free-wheeling life with a companion with a drug conviction.

The royal website posted the open letter a day before Borg Hoiby's 20th birthday on Friday.

He lives with the popular royal couple and their two children, and now plans to travel abroad like many young Norwegians.



From Belfast Telegraph