Norwegian Crown Princess met with Jeffrey Epstein

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has apologized for meeting with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Norwegian Crown Princess met with Jeffrey Epstein
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Photo: AFP

The Crown Princess met with Epstein, who committed suicide in prison this year following his arrest in the US on federal charges for sex trafficking minors.

The meetings took place after Epstein was convicted for sex offences in 2008, newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports.

On Monday, the Crown Princess issued an apology for having met Epstein.

“I never would have associated with Mr. Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of the crimes he committed. I should have investigated his past more thoroughly, and I am sorry that I didn't,” read the statement, which was sent to DN by the Norwegian palace.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit met Epstein several times between 2011 and 2013, introduced by mutual acquaintances, according to the report.

The millionaire financier in 2008 admitted and was convicted of procuring an under-age girl for prostitution. He served 13 months in prison.

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Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery

King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after undergoing a heart operation on Friday.

Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery
A photo reportedly of King Harald on the way to hospital last week. Photo: AFP

The Norwegian palace confirmed to news wire NTB that the king was to leave hospital following the procedure three days ago.

“The king is in good form and will travel home from Rikshospitalet today,” the king’s doctor, consultant Bjørn Bendz, said in the statement.

The palace had confirmed during the weekend that the king was well after the procedure to fix an artificial valve he received during a previous operation in 2005.

Artificial valves of the type the king received have a life span of 10-15 years. As such, it is not uncommon for them to be replaced.

“His majesty the king is well after yesterday’s intervention. The king has been for a short stroll, and his condition is good,” Bendz said in a statement on Saturday.

Last month, the king spent a short time in hospital due to respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19.

He is currently on indefinite sick leave, with his son Crown Prince Haakon deputising the king’s royal duties.

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