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Princess' outburst causes turmoil

Princess Ragnhild’s expressed her dissatisfaction with the Norwegian Crown Princess and his sister in a TV 2 documentary aired Monday. Norwegian politicians and royal experts said she should have kept her mouth shut. View the documentary here.

“Statements like that are better suited at home at a private Christmas party with the Royal Family than in a program like that,” said Kjell Engebretsen, Labor party representative and member of the Stortinget’s control and constitution committee, to the Norwegian paper VG.

In the documentary “Princess in exile” aired on TV 2, Princess Ragnhild said she hopes she dies before her brother King Harald so she never has to experience the Crown Prince couple on the Norwegian Throne.

Engebretsen claim the Princess’ resentful statements are a family matter, and he does not think her statements will have any consequences for Stortinget or the Norwegian Royal House.

Also Martin Engeset, Conservative party member and member of the same government committee, reacts to the statements made by the Princess.

“She appears to be very resentful, and she can’t possibly understand the consequences of what she is saying,” Engeset said to the paper.

According to Lars O. Gulbrandsen, author of the book “Prinsesse Ragnhild. Mitt liv som kongsdatter” (My life the king’s daughter) and editor in chief in the magazine Se og Hør, Princess Ragnhild’s statements regarding the Crown Prince and his sister must be viewed in light of the strict requirements she was suppressed to as a young woman.

Poor advisors
In the documentary Princess Ragnhild commented on Crown Prince Haakon’s and Princess Märtha Louise’s choice of partners.

“I’m not too thrilled for whom these two children married, but it is none of my business,” the Princess said. “They are not my children. I think they have had poor advisors. They may not have poor advisors today, but they in the past.”

Should not have been said publicly
Princess Ragnhild married a man of the people back in her day, but she is still very critical to the royal children’s selection of spouses. In the documentary, she compares her own husband, Erling Lorentzen, to Ari Behn and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

”He is in a different category then the two of them. He has, among other things, a proper job, and no¿” Princess Ragnhild stated.

Trond Norén Isaksen, historian and author of books on the Royal Family, claims that Princess Ragnhild’s statements are improper to say the least.

”I think she said some things that she as a member of the royal family should not have said in public,” Norén Isaksen said to TV 2 Nyhetene. “She is expressing rather negative views regarding the Crown Prince and Märtha Louise, and said she was not too enthusiastic about them. It is not something you wish to hear from your aunt and should not have been stated publicly.”

The Royal Court refuses to comment her statements.


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