Sunday 22 April 2018

Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit forced to cancel appearances over vertigo diagnosis: 'I thought I'd started early menopause'

Princess Mette-Marit of Norway during the Starmus Festival on June 20, 2017 in Trondheim, Norway. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Mette-Marit of Norway during the Starmus Festival on June 20, 2017 in Trondheim, Norway. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Mette Marit of Norway attends Christmas Charity Luncheon for the less fortunate to celebrate the occasion of Christmas Eve at the Egon restaurant in Storo on December 24, 2017 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/Getty Images)
Crown Prince Haakon (topR), Prince Sverre Magnus (L), Crown Princess Mette-Marit (3rdL-top), King Harald (2ndL), Princess Ingrid Alexandra (R) and Queen Sonja of Norway (2ndR) pose during a Christmas photo session at the Royal Palace in Oslo, on December 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NTB Scanpix / Lise AASERUD
King Harald of Norway, Queen Sonja of Norway and Princess Mette Marit of Norway, Prince Haakon of Norway attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10, 2017 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/Getty Images)
Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and Princess Mette Marit of Norway attend the unveiling of Norwegian Trekking Association gift for The Queen of Norway 80th birthday on July 04, 2017 in Oslo, Norway (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway visit the Ice Lake forest in Bjerke District on March 27, 2017 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway attends the Stella Red Cross Women Centre on March 16, 2017 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway attends the Stella Red Cross Women Centre on March 16, 2017 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been suffering from vertigo.

The 44-year-old Crown Princess of Norway has been forced to pull out of several royal engagements in recent months after she was left bedridden by the illness which is commonly caused by a problem with the way balance works inside the inner ear, and is categorised by a sensation of dizziness which can last anywhere from a few seconds to over an hour.

Mette-Marit admitted she was struck by the sensation that she’d “overindulged” on a ferryboat in November when she cancelled a royal visit to Denmark, and believed it to be the menopause at first.

Speaking to Norwegian radio station P3, she said: “I turned my head quickly, and it was like the whole world began to move. I began to sweat and felt nauseous - I thought I’d started early menopause.”

The Crown Princess - who has Princess Ingrid, 13, and Prince Sverre, 12, with her husband Crown Prince Haakon, as well as 20-year-old son Marius from her previous relationship with Morten Borg - was undergoing a rigorous week of exercise when the condition struck her.

She added: “I’d been incredibly good at training this fall. We used a program that changed from week to week.”

Vertigo usually goes away on its own, but it can come back at any time, and Mette-Marit will no doubt be keeping her eye on her condition in the future.

Her comments come after Norway's royal palace said the Crown Princess was suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which can cause a loss of balance, dizziness and nausea.

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