Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit Has a Controversial Past

Scroll through to see Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby become Norway's Crown Princess.
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The family at home before baptizing their son, Sverre Magnus.
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The Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway with her family, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Marius Borg Hoiby and Prince Sverre Magnus.
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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they arrived in Oslo.
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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with Kate Middleton and Prince William during their royal visit to Norway.
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Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon's official photograph in 2016.
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With her husband in Oslo in 2011 during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
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Celebrating National Day in 2016.
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With Sarah Jessica Parker at the amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Plaza in 2014.
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At Princess Madeleine of Sweden's wedding in 2013.
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Mette-Marit, the Crown Princess of Norway, does not have your typical princess pedigree. The 44-year-old royal has admitted to a rather wild past, replete with drug use and an unsavory ex before marrying her husband, Crown Prince Haakon.

Born Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby, she married Prince Haakon, a great-great-great grandson of Queen Victoria, when she was 28, after living together for a year. Princess Mette-Marit first met the prince at Norway’s largest music gathering, Quart Festival, but they didn’t start dating until a few years later.

Before they met, she spent time at raves and briefly worked as waitress. The future princess’ raucous past began after her parents’ divorce, when her father married a much younger retired stripper. Then came her relationship with her son Marius Borg Høiby’s father, who was convicted of violence, drunk driving and cocaine possession.

Now, her eldest son lives in California, where he surfs and posts dramatic black-and-white selfies on social media. But despite his love of Instagram, he officially quit public life behind when he moved stateside. Perhaps he’s trying to avoid repeating his mother’s youthful indiscretions, although he had a few of his own on the way.

These days, the Crown Princess is far less controversial, especially after giving birth to two heirs, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 14, and Prince Sverre Magnus, 12. Her wild days are long over, and she was last in the news when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a royal trip to Norway.

Scroll through to see the Crown Princess of Norway through the years, from her marriage to her life with her children.

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