Norwegian Crown Princess met with Jeffrey Epstein

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has apologized for meeting with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Norwegian Crown Princess met with Jeffrey Epstein
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Photo: AFP

The Crown Princess met with Epstein, who committed suicide in prison this year following his arrest in the US on federal charges for sex trafficking minors.

The meetings took place after Epstein was convicted for sex offences in 2008, newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports.

On Monday, the Crown Princess issued an apology for having met Epstein.

“I never would have associated with Mr. Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of the crimes he committed. I should have investigated his past more thoroughly, and I am sorry that I didn't,” read the statement, which was sent to DN by the Norwegian palace.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit met Epstein several times between 2011 and 2013, introduced by mutual acquaintances, according to the report.

The millionaire financier in 2008 admitted and was convicted of procuring an under-age girl for prostitution. He served 13 months in prison.

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Italian king’s heir apologises for monarchy’s Holocaust role

A descendant of Italy's wartime King Victor Emmanuel III has apologised to the country's Jewish community for his ancestor's role in dictator Mussolini's racial laws and the Holocaust.

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role
An archival picture of the Italian royal family in 1938 . Photo: AFP

“I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house,” 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.

Victor Emmanuel III had put his signature to an “unacceptable document”, he added in a letter posted to Facebook, “officially apologising” in the name of his family.

Almost 8,000 Italian Jews were deported from the country and murdered in Nazi extermination camps, most of them in Auschwitz.

Giving a TV interview alongside the letter, Emanuele Filiberto also vaunted his family's positive role in Italian unification and granting of equal rights to Jews from 1848.

Several Italian royals were themselves deported to Nazi concentration camps, he recalled.

After the war, Victor Emmanuel III abdicated in May 1946 and died the following year in Egypt.

His son Humbert II reigned for only a month before leaving for Switzerland when Italians opted for a republican constitution in a referendum.

Parliament only ended a constitutional ban on the House of Savoy's male heirs returning to Italy in 2002, after Emanuele Filiberto and his father Vittorio Emanuele swore loyalty to the republic.

The two men gave up on compensation claims demanding 260 million euros for their family's exile and the return of the royal family's confiscated property after a public outcry.

Emanuele Filiberto is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.