Law exam poked fun at the royals
Crown Prince Haakon and his wife, the former Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby, were the unwitting subjects of a recent law school exam that was meant to be humorous. It had a serious side, though: Students were supposed to help them handle a divorce.
Instead, students at the University of Bergen were rather shocked when they read through the legal problem they were supposed to solve.
It involved two people, "Mette" and "Magnus," who allegedly met each other at the "Kvartsfestivalen" in Kristiansand. (The crown prince's second name is "Magnus" and some of the first photos snapped of the pair were taken at the annual Quart music festival in Kristiansand.)
The exam went on to describe "Magnus" as "affluent and well-educated." He gives "Mette" a diamond necklace as a wedding gift and they eventually settle on an estate called "Skogum." (Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will move into the royal estate called Skaugum later this year.)
But their idyllic life is shattered when "Mette" starts arranging wild parties (the crown princess is known for being active in house party circles in the mid-1990s) at "Skogum." Students were then asked to outline how "Mette" and "Magnus" should divide "Skognum" when their marriage breaks up.
University officials have since apologized for the exam and exam chairman Jan Andersson told newspaper VG that he takes responsibility. "We now see that perhaps this wasn't so funny as we thought it would be," Andersson said.
Andersson is Swedish and has only lived in Norway for a year. He said he didn't realize the exam might spur many negative associations connected to the couple.
A spokewoman at the Royal Palace in Oslo had no comment.