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Old 09-22-2008, 02:57 PM
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I am so sorry I cannot come up with the exact publications I read about it. It was more than once that I read it. Can any one else help me out? It is something I could not forget since it showed her desperation about the situation and her chagrin over the long fight she had to put up until she was accepted.
I have tried to google and see if I can buy a book about her life but I cannot find anything for sale.
I hope someone can come up with the information.
I've read it too in the French magazine "Point de vue" a few years ago . I don't know if it's true but I still have this article .
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:04 PM
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I've read it too in the French magazine "Point de vue" a few years ago . I don't know if it's true but I still have this article .
Thank you Anita. Is there any way you can post the article here?
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:06 AM
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I found this article in French which basically summarizes Harald and Sonja's story. It mentions that she attempted suicide while she was in France after reading rumors that Harald would marry a foreign princess. (Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean it's true.)

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it is sad for me that princess irene of greece has missed this oportunity to become queen of norway even though she was 100% royal to a woman who has 'nt has a drop of royal blood in her in my view i think harald hould apologise to irene of greece because he was suppose to marry her instead of sonja now he and sonja are hamily marry and irene living by herself with her sister her majesty the queen of spain
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:43 PM
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But maybe Irene wasn't interested in Prince Harald and becoming future-queen of Norway either.
There are rumors that Irene had a secret relationship with a older man. I'm not sure why this hasn't ended in a marriage, but on the other hand I can't see Queen Frederica giving approval for a marriage with a non-royal man....
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:48 PM
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it is sad for me that princess irene of greece has missed this oportunity to become queen of norway even though she was 100% royal to a woman who has 'nt has a drop of royal blood in her in my view i think harald hould apologise to irene of greece because he was suppose to marry her instead of sonja now he and sonja are hamily marry and irene living by herself with her sister her majesty the queen of spain
Now come on.. Irene didn't miss the opurtunity to get Queen of Norway, because Harald never had the intention to marry her.

King Olav wanted his son to marry Irene of Greece, but Harald didn't.. as he was in a relationship with Sonja already.

So why should he have married a (how you call it) 100% Royal woman if he didn't love her?
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Now come on.. Irene didn't miss the opurtunity to get Queen of Norway, because Harald never had the intention to marry her.

King Olav wanted his son to marry Irene of Greece, but Harald didn't.. as he was in a relationship with Sonja already.

So why should he have married a (how you call it) 100% Royal woman if he didn't love her?
Complete nonsense.
Not only his father wanted the marriage so did queen frederica and and mostly european royalty expected harald to choose a princess and irene was the best candidate since benedikte had went on marrying a german prince.i believe if irene were to marry harald he would have been popular as much as he father was and the house of norway would have been a good model family to the norwegianne people. In my view she is the rightfull queen consort of norway
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Not only his father wanted the marriage so did queen frederica and and mostly european royalty expected harald to choose a princess and irene was the best candidate since benedikte had went on marrying a german prince.i believe if irene were to marry harald he would have been popular as much as he father was and the house of norway would have been a good model family to the norwegianne people. In my view she is the rightfull queen consort of norway
Well, Sonja is now the Queen of Norway, liked by the Norwegian people and that all that matters . One will never know if Irene would have been a so much "better" queen than Sonja . And, yes, I'm happy for Harald being married with the woman he loves . What would have been that, Harald and Irene ?????? (Nothing against Irene though .)
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:25 PM
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Princess Irene had no intention of ever marrying then Prince Harald. She was reputed to be in love with a Greek doctor but Queen Frederika would not allow the marriage because the gentleman was a commoner.
She is a very happy aunt who devotes her time to feeding the needy. She is a very Meditteranean person who probably would be miserable in the Norwegian climate.
All's well that ends well I suppose.
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I wonder if a long courtship contributed to an apparently happy marriage. Charles and Diana might have fared better if they had had a long courtship (IMO they probably would have realized they didn't suit each other and they could have gone on to form better relationships). Maybe the duration of William and Kate bodes well for the future. (I know, not Norway!)
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Iowa it makes me wonder. Very happily married couples decide after years together to call it quits. Up a few threads ago there was a mention that perhaps KH was contemplating divorce before he ascended to the throne.
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I know I was surprised when my parents ended it after almost 32 years (although I can't say it was a happy marriage, I just figured they enjoyed being unhappy).

I didn't realize that H & S might have been having serious difficulties (I guess all real-life couples do have some issues). They seem very in sync with each other, like the Luxemburgers (who I also hear have had problems, to my dismay).
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Whatever was the issue with either couple seems like they worked things out. Or perhaps like some couples are so used to each other it would be easier to try to get along than making waves...Who knows? Thankfully they kept their issues to themselves.
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In this thread members speculated about a possible attemted suicide of (then) Sonja Haraldsen.
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Queen sonja and King Harald , had to wait such a long time to get married ,
after so many years not being able to marry , how where they able to change the mind of the King ???? and why was he so against it in the first places??
Sheer determination is all that I can say. Besides, I personally believe that Queen Sonja is a shining example of a true royal consort. She has (as far as I know) played this royal with unequal grace and dignity and I admire her for that. Crown Princess Mette-Marit has a helluva example in her mother-in-law and in order for her to contiune to restore class and dignity to the shaky Norwegian monarchy, she'd better take note!!
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Even though they were never officially boy friend and girlfriend i think they were at least some mutual affection on the then crown prince harald and irene of greece at almost every gathering he was escorting her. I always believe his threat to remain a bachelor was only to scared his father the king and the government if he wasnt allow to marry sonja he probably would marry irene in the end. i wonder how irene and queen fredericka who must have seen it as personal insult react to prince harald engagement although politically the greek family could not attend the wedding princess irene presence might have cause some stir among those then traditionalist who believe the crown prince should marry a princess instead of a commoner

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It has been discussed before that acually King Olav and Queen Frederika srranged the meetings between Harald and Irene. Olav thought she was the perfect future daughter-in-law and Frederika thought Harald was the perfect son-in-law. Neither Harald nor Irene ever really had the intention to marry. They weren't even a couple.
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How did King Harald V of Norway first meet Sonja?

I know that there was controversy over Harald marrying a commoner, but does anybody know how they first met?
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They met at a party at Johan Stenersen (a mutual friend)'s home in June 1959. Sonja hadn't intended to go to the party and had been persuaded by her mother at the last minute. It was the first time she'd had an evening out since her father's death three months earlier.

A week or so after the party, Harald, who was graduating from the military academy in August, called her and asked her to attend his graduation ball with him.
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I admire Sonja for her waiting 9 years to marry the man she loves.She was kinda like the kate middleton of the 60s!
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