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King Gustaf VI Adolf
11 November 1882 - 15 September 1973
Re: CPss Mette-Marit admits & regrets earlier contacts with Epstein
Besides she met him but that is not the same as befriend him. Royals meet loads of people and converse with them. That is part of their job so even if she met him a couple of times it would say more about those who introduced them or who invited him to attend an event also attended by the Norwegian crown princess. Her staff might have done a bit more research to keep her away from him but with the number of people she is meeting i can understand they missed it.
With 'her background' I am hinting at 2 aspects that are widely known:
1) her turbulent teenage/young adult years and involvement with drugs etc. (for which she apologised publicly) as well
as the fact she became a single mother at a very young age and raised her son alone until she met CP Haakon are no secret.
2) the Princess is also known for her close contacts with wealthy fashion designers and she has often been spotted with the righ & famous without there being any relation to her royal job.
All of this has been published both in the Norwegian as as well as in the international press.
So, if there now is a statement (and I quote from the link you provided here):
" “Through my longtime work with international health issues, I have seen the great damage that sexual assault does to children and women,” Crown Princess Mette-Marit stated. “We all share responsibility to fight sexual assault and support victims, and I want to express my deep sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the assaults Jeffrey Epstein has carried out.” .
Once again: for a person who due to own personal experience knows how vulnerable youngsters are one would certainly have expected the princess to do her homework and google this person. Even at that time most of us already were fully aware of his horrible reputation!
In my opinion her background is not relevant. She is socializing with famous people because of her rank, she would never have moved in such circles if she was still Miss Høiby.
Most people don't google every person they meet in a social setting. She could have, but it is first of all the people responsible for her security who should have checked him out and then give her the information.