Crown Prince Haakon went to the unusual step on Wednesday of defending his sister, Princess Martha Louise, after she set off more controversy by suggesting she can communicate with the dead. The princess also defended herself.
Members of the royal family normally don’t comment on criticism leveled against them, but Haakon apparently felt a need to address the concerns raised by Norwegian bishops and other religious leaders earlier this week. They didn’t like reading comments made by the princess in newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, in which she suggested it was as easy for her to make contact with the dead as it is with angels. The princess has attracted widespread publicity for her earlier claims of being able to communicate with angels, and she makes money trying to help others get in touch with their angels.
The crown prince, attending a youth conference on respect in Drammen on Wednesday, opened his remarks by saying that instead of “talking behind people’s backs,” he preferred to talk in front of them, and forward their interests.“I have a very good sister,” he said. “She is caring and genuinely concerned with taking care of other people. I won’t go into more details about that, because you know what I’m talking about.”