Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit has claimed that she regrets her friendship with late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and has apologized for her affiliation with him.

"I would never have had anything to do with Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of his criminal acts," Mette-Marit said in a statement to newspaper DN.

"I should have examined Epstein's past more closely, and I regret that I did not."

According to several reports, Mette-Marit met with Epstein several times between 2011 and 2013. He had already been released from jail for his crimes against minors.

"She was not aware of the scope, nor the character of the crimes he had been convicted of, and subsequently served time in jail," Guri Varpe, the Palace's head of communications, told DN. "One of the meetings took place at Mr. Epstein's home. The Crown Princess also had a brief meeting with Mr. Epstein while he was in Oslo."

Her apology comes weeks after Prince Andrew attempted to distance himself from Epstein in a BBC interview, which blew up in his face.