Mette-Marit is now the wife of the heir to the Norwegian throne, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, and holds the title Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Norway. But in her youth, Mette-Marit could hardly imagine what the future had in store for her. She had quite rebellious youth, working on and off as a waitress at a restaurant in Oslo, and in her free time hanging out at rock concerts. And one of these concerts changed Mette-Marit's life forever.
Mette-Marit was born on 19 August 1973 to a family of commoners. Her father worked as a journalist for a local paper, and her mother was a former bank clerk. Her parents divorced and her father later married professional exotic dancer.
As a teenager Mette-Marit played volleyball and was active in the local youth club. Then, as it often happens, the girl took a wrong turn: she became interested in partying, alcohol and illegal drugs. The girl worked part-time as a waitress, and in her free time she would go to rock concerts. At the time Mette-Marit wore her hair short, smoked, drank and generally led an extravagant lifestyle.
By the time she was 23, she had a son, whose father dumped her. Mette-Marit took to drugs and alcohol to cope with resentment and loneliness. However, all this didn't prevent Mette-Marit from marrying up. In the late 90's Mette-Marit was once again at a rock party. It was Norway's biggest rock festival, The Quart Festival, and Crown Prince Haakon was there, too. It was then that His Highness drew attention to the long-legged blonde.
They met a couple of years later, at the same festival and never parted since. In 1999, the couple moved into a rented apartment in Oslo. Fortunately, Haakon accepted Mette-Marit's son Marius, who was 2 years old at the time. And all was well, until the press found out about the affair of the prince ...
Journalists revealed the dirtiest details of Mette-Marit' past. Needless to say, Haakon's parents were not too enthusiastic of this union. In the royal family of Norway, it is impossible for Crown Prince to marry without the consent of his parents. Haakon had to wait nine years for his royal parents to approve of the marriage.
Finally, Mette-Marit could not withstand the pressure of the press and the royal family, so, she took her son and left for a friend in Reus. There she was going to live a quiet life away from all that pressure. But she was destined to have another fate. One day Mette-Marit saw Haakon on TV. The prince's voice trembled, but he spoke firmly. He turned to his sweetheart, said he loved her and wanted to marry her, even if it was necessary to abdicate the throne. And then Mette-Marit decided to return.
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Marriage to Crown Prince
Fortunately for the couple, King Harald and Queen Sofia welcomed the future daughter-in-law. Soon the bitter gossip subsided as well. Mette-Marit gave a candid interview in which she honestly admitted all her previous mistakes.
Haakon adopted Marius, and later the couple had another son and daughter. Now Mette-Marit and her husband live a happy life. The former waitress has become a mother and wife and is greatly respected by the Norwegian people.
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