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Old 02-28-2006, 02:09 PM
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she has visited centers for drug rehabbed people. i have seen footage of atleast one such visit.

i think its her own choice not to do more public duties. we also dont really see many paparazzi shots of her out in the city, visiting friends, going shopping etc. she seems to be happy to just be at home.

i personally fail to understand why Haakon is more popular than his wife. yes he does more, but he's sooooo effeminate(i realize that that is a majority opinion)

I love MMs clothes. she dresses very "sweetly."
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:18 PM
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I've always wondered if the controversy surrounding her past is the reason she is kept so low key by the NRF. I don't know if she's ever visited an organization that helps single mothers or people who have developed problems with drugs or alcohol for instance. It seems she could speak to young people about the perils of drugs or the importance of staying in school after you've had a child out of wedlock but she's kept away it seems. After nearly five years of marriage she is only patron of 10 charities. The Norwegian press never mentions what they are. Maybe someone can tell us.
She has been involved with such things, she was in a documentary interviewing a woman with drugproblems, a mother who lost custedy of her child, a man with mental problems etc. It was broadcast on National TV.

She and Haakon has also invited people with different (mental) problems into their home twice, including people with substance problems, singel parents, people with social adaptive problems

The Norwegian royals dont have oodles of patronages as they do in Britain and Denmark, Queen Sonja has 13, Haakon has 12 for example.

One of her patronages is FOKUS wich includes 72 organisations that deal with different womens issues including an organisation for single mothers http://www.fokuskvinner.no/om_fokus/organisasjoner
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:25 PM
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She has been involved with such things, she was in a documentary interviewing a woman with drugproblems, a mother who lost custedy of her child, a man with mental problems etc. It was broadcast on National TV.

She and Haakon has also invited people with different (mental) problems into their home twice, including people with substance problems, singel parents, people with social adaptive problems

The Norwegian royals dont have oodles of patronages as they do in Britain and Denmark, Queen Sonja has 13, Haakon has 12 for example.

One of her patronages is FOKUS wich includes 72 organisations that deal with different womens issues including an organisation for single mothers http://www.fokuskvinner.no/om_fokus/organisasjoner
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:32 PM
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she has visited centers for drug rehabbed people. i have seen footage of atleast one such visit.

i think its her own choice not to do more public duties. we also dont really see many paparazzi shots of her out in the city, visiting friends, going shopping etc. she seems to be happy to just be at home.

i personally fail to understand why Haakon is more popular than his wife. yes he does more, but he's sooooo effeminate(i realize that that is a majority opinion)

I love MMs clothes. she dresses very "sweetly."
She does seem to be a homebody. I have seen a couple of paparazzi shots of her. One had her cleaning the snow off her car. She was by herself, I think. The picture was striking and sweet. I thought, here is the CP of Norway cleaning her own snow off her car in winter. They don't have a lot of security I suppose although recent events may have changed that a little.
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:47 PM
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i must say that at first i didn't like mette marit at all for future queen. all her story of her past puzzled me and i could have never believed a girl like her could possibly archieve the qualities a princess and queen should have. however, after some time of being here and knowing about her work, about herself, about her thoughts and seeing how much she adapted to the role, i realised why haakon chose her: she may not be the ideal girl for the role, but she is definetely someone who is unpretentious, simple, humble, a nice person to talk with. everyone seems to like her and people don't seem uneasy talking with her. she is still as common and as "commoner" as she was before marrying: she tries to be unnoticed when she goes to private visits, she visits her friends from the past, attends their weddings... however, at the same time she made such an improvement in her role: from the plane accident, to that first christmas in the palace until now one can definetely say how much she changed. her story was one of the most difficult ones and she didn't even have the "tools" other princesses had: a degree, a supportive family (sven hoiby...) and she had the drawback of a past relationship and a son already. life for her must have been difficult at first, and she should have faced a lot of criticism. however, she managed to go over and to do things well. i think it's admirable. it's also admirable how she copes with so many different people and they all seem to like her: from rich women (marie chantal or rosario nadal), to famous people (gwyneth paltrow, valentino), to unknown people who she met in malawi, who made her "princess of malawi", to her old friends who are still there such as linda tanevik, to older ones such as camilla and charles passing through all the people she meets in events who seem really pleased with her. her simplicity and down to earth-ness are the clue to all this qualities.

thanks for the interview link, by the way. can anyone tell us if mette marit did other interviews or photo shoots? if so, which ones?
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Old 02-28-2006, 07:46 PM
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I have to agree with you, the fact that she has been accepted in the royal circle so well is a feat in itself. And I think her being chosen as the godparent of Prince Christian just proved it. So far the trend has been that princess consorts, the newer ones are being chosen as the godparent for the second born. But to be made a godparent of an heir and that too a prince shows in what good regard she is being held by people who have got a chance to know her. (Don't get me wrong, I am not against princesses as heirs but the fact that Christian had a lot of choices from crown princes while amalia, ingrid only have one existing role model in Victoria, and yet they chose her, she must have a very good impression.)

Also other quality I like in this couple is that they are not hypocritical. Her past though quite behind her is always going to bother some people. And the fact that Norway's monarchy is not that popular is also a worrisome situation. But that they are not adopting a holier than thou approach is so fresh to see. I think it was great courage on their part to attend Charles wedding. And later on the visit to Britain to socialize so publicly. It was courageous to go out there and support Camilla when she has been in so much controversy. All the other princes chose to not attend mostly I believe from the pressure of the moral police backlash. But here was a couple having faced the more or less same situation and yet they chose to go. A very kind and supportive gesture.
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her story was one of the most difficult ones and she didn't even have the "tools" other princesses had: a degree, a supportive family (sven hoiby...) and she had the drawback of a past relationship and a son already. life for her must have been difficult at first, and she should have faced a lot of criticism.
I disagree that Mette-Marit didn't have a supportive family. Sure, Sven's a media-hungry attention seeker riding on the coat tails of his daughter to get himself recognized, but by all accounts, Mette-Marit has a wonderful support system in her mother and to a lesser degree, in her siblings. I think that by the time the engagement to Haakon happened, and certainly by Ingrid Alexandra's birth, the only connection Mette-Marit really had with her father (and perhaps wanted) was a biological one.

I think it's unfair -- and a discredit to Mette-Marit's mom and to single parents period -- to say that Mette-Marit did not have a supportive family just because her father is the way he is. Sure, he probably didn't provide any support to Mette-Marit in those early months as Haakon's fiancee then as a Crown Princess, but that isn't to negate the fact that she had a tremendous amount of support in her mom while growing up and in those early months in the spotlight.

Plenty of people come from divorced or single-parent backgrounds and feel perfectly supportive. I have a friend who was raised by her mom single handedly from the time she was six and she would never say that because her father was wayward that she felt unsupported in any way. Just as I have another friend who is now a single mom and I would never say that her son will be supported because it's just him and his mom.

Support can come from a lot of different people, through biological connections or not. Just because there's one wayward parent doesn't mean that the person is unsupported.
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:26 PM
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Sven Hoiby's behavior has been absolutely ridiculous. I do think that the rest of her immediate family have been very supportive.

Does anyone remember the comments made by one of the Kings sisters regarding the commoners marrying into the NRF? I can't imagine having to deal with that.
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I do not think she objected commoners, as she is married to a commoner herself. I think she objected the kind of commoners (controversial ones).
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of course, alexandria. mette marit's mum behaved like a true lady all the time, but let's face that the conditions for her weren't good with her brother in a trial, her father being photographed in those costumes... at first she was more in the headlines because of others than because of herself.
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:08 AM
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well if I had a choice of CPrincess , for my country MM would win hands down!! she really is the modern Princess!!
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I do not think she objected commoners, as she is married to a commoner herself. I think she objected the kind of commoners (controversial ones).
Yes, thats right. Thank you.
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Old 03-02-2006, 05:15 AM
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CP MM should be popular...although she hasn't got the clean image that most of the other CP had - so ok, she had a bit of a colorful past, there's nothing wrong, she didn't commit any major crime. I thnk she's come a long way and the road she's had to travel on since marrying into the royal family hasn't been an easy road but she's walked along the road with her head held high and with each passing day, grown and bloom into a good role model and representative for Norway.

I hope she's truely popular in Norway - she deserve it.
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:59 AM
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I have to say that MM is not at all unpopular in Norway, her popularity grows more and more every day
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I have to say that MM is not at all unpopular in Norway, her popularity grows more and more every day
That's good to hear. There were a couple of articles in aftenposten that suggested that she was unpopular. Oh, goody!
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I have to say that MM is not at all unpopular in Norway, her popularity grows more and more every day
As recently as January 2006 Aftenposten had an article that confirmed that her popularity was at 28.6 percent, near the bottom, while her husband's is 52 percent. Maybe these months long maternity leaves and other no-shows at public events is the reason.

Article: Crown Prince gets high marks - survey shows he is doing the best job of all the royals...his wife and sister are doing the worst.

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/lo...cle1192535.ece
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I posted this article in another thread but it probably fits here better. I have my personal opinion about this but maybe someone from beautiful Norway can give us some insights.

Article from Aftenposten:

CP Haakon is doing a good job...his wife is not:

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/lo...cle1192535.ece
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I don't think the article says anything, except give a lot of numbers - it doesn't say how many people were polled, which is a downside.

You can also turn it around and say that 11% of the asked thinks that Mette-Marit does a very poor job. I don't think that is a lot. There's a lot more in the positive column than in the negative,.,, *shrugs*
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I don't think the article says anything, except give a lot of numbers - it doesn't say how many people were polled, which is a downside.

You can also turn it around and say that 11% of the asked thinks that Mette-Marit does a very poor job. I don't think that is a lot. There's a lot more in the positive column than in the negative,.,, *shrugs*
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The same happened with Letizia and Mary and they still carry on with their public acts as nothing happened so, where does that leave Mette-Marit?
Agree!!!!
She went in Greece and UK for fun, not for support a cause!!!
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