Well, the next chapter of the saga is about to begin and I think there is now a genuine chance that ML may be "volunteered" to give up her title as Princess.
More on that later.
Because the court is now openly distancing itself from the Märtha & Shaman Magic Roadshow.
The court has issued a statement saying:
Vi følger med på debatten og det som uttales, og kommer til å være i dialog med prinsessen knyttet til markedsføringen av hennes næringsvirksomhet,
We follow the debate and what is being said (in the public) and will be in dialogue with the Princess in regards to marketing her business.
The court elaborate on the background of the above:
Årsaken til at prinsesse Märtha Louise siden 2002 ikke lengre skulle bli titulert Hennes kongelige Høyhet var for å skape større avstand til kongehusets offisielle virksomhet. Denne avgjørelsen la til rette for at prinsessa kunne gå ut i arbeidslivet og drive egen næringsvirksomhet,
The reason for Princess Märte Louise since 2002 was no longer to by styled HRH was made in order to create a bigger distance to the NRF's official work.
That decision was the basis allowing the Princess to making a living of her own and run her own business.
The reason for the court reacting like this is of course that a lot of Norwegians consider Shaman to be a charlatan and combined with the fact that ML is using her title as Princess (and as such de facto an official representative for Norway, because you can't expect foreigners to know or understand that she is not an active member of the NRF) as part of the promotion of hers and Shaman's... ehh... spiritual enlightenment tour.
And that has of course led to quite a lot of raised eyebrows in Norway and indeed more or less veiled calls for ML to give up her title as Princess or if need be, strip her of the title.
It is, top put it mildly, considered unfortunate that a prominent member of official Norway, which a princess must be considered to be, is associated with a man whose business is somewhat questionable and whose statements are "medically remarkable" - and all that for profit.
Because the tickets to their lectures, at least in Norway, are sold out. (Of course everybody wants to "see the giraffe." I doubt the good Shaman has that many followers, let alone people who are interested in what he has to say, in Norway, if it wasn't for his liaison with ML.)
Especially since Shaman being "a healer" means that he can be exempt from vat in Norway.
The sale from the tickets alone is expected to net around one million Norwegian Crowns. - To that we must add books and talismans... I mean, tools for helping to attain spiritual awareness. Not to mention sessions and what not.
There are now calls from politicians to stop healers being exempt from vat.
Norwegian healers are up in arms as well!
Shaman ruins everything and puts them in a bad light. He is not serious, a fraud and certainly not a genuine healer - and now he may cost them the vat-exemption...
The press has noticed an elegant little backdoor Shaman has put up on his webpage, where he saying how much he can alleviate and indeed cure of ailments and illnesses.
It's this little sentence: Vi garanterer ikke at du blir helbredet for din lidelse. Å bli helbredet fra sykdom har å gjøre med pasientens villighet
We don't guarantee you will be cured of you ailment. To be cured of a disease is dependent on the determination of the patient.
- In other words: It's your own fault, if you don't get cured.
You can read for yourselves here:
- I started by saying that I think there is a genuine chance that ML will be stripped of her title.
She has since 2002 and until now, had no reservations about playing on her title as Princess in connection with her business - which of course in the eyes of many Norwegians is bad enough. What is even more annoying to many Norwegians is the nature of her business. I.e. claiming abilities to communicate with angels - and earning money on that. That is being seen as taking advantage of people who may have personal issues.
Now she is teaming up with someone who is going a step further, in the sense that Shaman is said to claim abilities to cure people of often very serious diseases - People who may end up worse or even dead, because they don't follow the treatment prescribed by doctors.
Whether ML is being taken advantage of remains to be seen.
Or even worse, she is perfectly aware of what person she is association herself with! (I don't believe that though. I believe she is genuinely fascinated by Shaman.)
Now, can a Princess, a semi-official representative for Norway, who is openly using her title as Princess, earn a living on what can at best be described as a "morally questionable" business?
Apart from being an embarrassment for Norway and the Norwegians, it is hardly desirable for the NRF to having a princess running around having conversations with angels (and perhaps other beings as well) while performing "stage-healings" with a man with astounding healing abilities. (That is, if the patients have the will
to get well, the lazy buggers.)
What is she persists?
What is she refuse to give up her association with Shaman?
What if she is starting to claim having "powers of healing"? If not in Norway, then abroad? (Outside Norwegian legislation.)
What is she refuse giving up her title and indeed persist in using her title?
Can we then end up in a situation where the King, either on his own accord or under public and political pressure, is forced to strip ML of her title?