Princess Martha Louise of Norway, the only daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja, has made it perfectly clear that she and her husband, Ari Behn, one of Norway’s most controversial — make that, notorious — writers and, before he met Martha (we hope), one of its biggest playboys, are moving to New York in the autumn. The two were married last May in one of those fairy-tale weddings held in the legendary Viking capital city of Trondheim and are expecting their first child in April. They spent their honeymoon in New York and decided it would be the perfect place to raise their children. "I have never seen so many baby carriages anywhere," says the princess. "In Manhattan, a child is not a hindrance. There is hardly a place in the world where babies can have such a sophisticated life as on the Upper East Side with a view of Central Park." And maybe Princess Martha will be looking for a job here, as she surprised her country last year when she gave up her title, HRH, and her royal allowance. She is a trained physiotherapist and was a big success reading children’s stories on Norwegian television. There will always be room for another princess or two on Fifth Avenue. Just ask the realtors.
As you may have already heard, Karen LeFrak’s beautiful snow white five-year-old Standard poodle, named Mikimoto — after the pearls? — won first place in the nonsporting group at Westminster on Monday night. By the time you read this, he may have walked away with Best in Show. It’s no surprise that she is joining Cornelia Guest, who has 12 dogs and two horses; Lauren Bush, who rescued her dog Angel from a shelter, and noted animal lover Susan Lucci in supporting the black-tie dinner-dance Tails & Tiaras, set for Doubles on March 6. The evening, chaired by Mario Buatta, Wendy Carduner, Karen Clark, Tina Flaherty and Carroll Petrie, will benefit the Animal Medical Center’s Cancer Care Unit, which has formed an alliance with researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.