July 24, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Excerpts of Christiane Amanpour’s Interview With Haakon & Mette-Marit

Posted in: Norway

For those who get CNN, you might want to check out its new program Amanpour tomorrow at 2pm EST, where veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour interviews Norway’s Crown Princely Couple.

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Recorded earlier this week, the interview discusses Haakon and Mette-Marit’s role as the next King and Queen of Norway, their work as UN ambassasdors, as well as the controversy that ensued when Haakon first began dating Mette-Marit, a single mother with a wild past.

Here are an excerpt:

AMANPOUR: Did you find a connection to the people of your country by your own experience?

METTE-MARIT: I think the process we went through when we got married was one of the most interesting periods of my life, but I must say it taught me a lot about life and also has given me a lot of strength in my capacity as Crown Princess. But I was very concerned. Obviously, I was concerned for the role of my son in the family, but I think these are all issues that seem very different when you’re outside of the family, when you’re coming into the family, being in the family. I have a very close relationship with my parents in law, I have a very close relationship with my son, so all in all I’m very happy with my life at the moment.

Thai King Remains Hospitalized

Posted in: Thailand

15 days since he entered a Bangkok hospital for fatigue, fever and poor appetite, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej remains under close watch at the Siriraj Hospital as his health fluctuates.

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On Tuesday, it was reported by the Royal Household Bureau – which has been giving daily updates to Thais – that the 81 year-old King was suffering from inflammation of the lungs and his fever had returned. It had gone down a few days earlier.

Last night, the Bureau released another statement, saying the monarch’s health was now in good condition.

“He can take more food and get good sleep,” the Bureau said.

Since King Bhumibol entered Siriraj, thousands of Thais have been either keeping vigil or holding prayer services for their beloved King.