AUGUST 22nd AND 23rd, 2001
Press conference, August 22nd, 2001
Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby took the initiative herself at the pre-wedding press conference at the Royal Palace to address the speculations and rumours that have swirled around her past since she first became romantically involved with Crown Prince Haakon Magnus. She dismissed her former involvement in Oslo's house party circles as part of a youthful rebellion "that was much stronger than many others'." "I was in an environment where my rebellion was tested and we went to extremes," she said, using the Norwegian word "utsvevende," which translates to "wild," especially in a sexual sense. She said it all amounted to "very expensive lesson for me." Mette-Marit, fighting back tears and holding Crown Prince Haakon's hand, said she realized that her earlier lifestyle has been difficult for many Norwegians to accept "and I'm very sorry about that." She said the references to her past have also been hurtful, "but I unfortunately can't make those earlier choices again, no matter how much I wish I could." She also claimed she now "distances herself" from the use of drugs. She then said she didn't want to answer any more questions about her past.
Private party at Skaugum, August 23rd, 2001
On August 23rd Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby organised a private party at the Skaugum estate in Asker near Oslo. Many royal guests attended the party. The bridal couple posed at Gut Skaugum with King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and bridesmaid Linda Tånevik.