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Norwegian Princess Named in British Divorce Suit

April 5, 1994 GMT

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ The salacious scandals that dog Europe’s blue bloods have struck Norway’s royal family, with an accusation that the king’s 22-year-old daughter wrecked a British couple’s marriage.

Irene Morris, a British grocery store clerk, has named Princess Martha Louise a co-respondent in her divorce suit, the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet reported Tuesday.

Mrs. Morris claimed her husband Philip, 40, ended the couple’s 20-year marriage after becoming involved with the princess, the daughter of King Harald V, the newspaper said.

″Royal scandals have become commonplace, but this is the first time the Norwegian royal family has been hit,″ said the tabloid, which devoted its front page and three inside pages to the story.

Morris, a warehouse worker-turned-professional horseman, met the princess at an equestrian meet in the Netherlands in the spring of 1992, and the two were later seen together at other events in Europe, the newspaper said. Morris left his wife in July 1992, the paper said.

Irene Morris filed the suit last month in Chester, England, Dagbladet said.

A spokesman said the palace was aware of the divorce case but refused comment.