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Old 01-14-2017, 09:04 AM
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No, he didn't put his mothers designer handbags for sale on E-bay. But he did put some of his own things ( Louis Vuitton suitcase, Watch and a camera )on an norwegian bidding site.
And this is exactly what Marius' parents mean with public intrusion. The fact that these little faits-divers are known from Auckland to New York and often wrongly or sensationalized ("he placed his royal mom's designer handbags for sale") proves this. Marius is no member of the Royal House, is no prince or anything, but in Norway with the boulevard press and in this world full of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram and the likes he has to be on his qui-vive, always. No wonder that Marius, a very handsome dreamprince for many, escapes it and tries to build up a private life. I wish him all the best.
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:46 AM
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Going to California! I hope he have a ball with the ladies there!
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Old 01-14-2017, 11:02 AM
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Awwwww Dman. He can have fun with ladies no matter where he goes. I think it'd be much, much better to have a totally different experience that California offers and that's surfing!
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Old 01-14-2017, 12:18 PM
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We know he likes surfing. We have seen him surfing on family holidays.

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Old 01-14-2017, 12:42 PM
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Awwwww Dman. He can have fun with ladies no matter where he goes. I think it'd be much, much better to have a totally different experience that California offers and that's surfing!
I'd leave the surfing alone and busy myself with the ladies.
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Old 01-14-2017, 01:54 PM
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A public statement announcing that someone has decided to pursue a private life is ironic no matter who it comes from. A decision announcing an adult's decision to pursue a private life coupled with a letter from his upset mummy adds silliness to irony. And in this case, apparently, a needless dust up with the Norwegian media.

If there were grievances that were important enough to be addressed in such a public fashion, yes, I believe Marius should have been the one addressing them.

I think the best case scenario would have been no statements at all.
Agree 100%!! Plus, it was usually Marius who attracted the attention by frequently using social media such as instagram, this never sounded to me like somebody protecting his privacy.
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Old 01-14-2017, 02:50 PM
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No, he didn't put his mothers designer handbags for sale on E-bay. But he did put some of his own things ( Louis Vuitton suitcase, Watch and a camera )on an norwegian bidding site.
Yes, but with the palace as his address. And that led to several hate-mails and harsh criticism online and in the media.

Back to the letter:

Marius is Mette-Marit's son and he grew up at Skaugum. And therefore there will always be interest in him, but the media have largely (until recently) sheltered him.

The problem now is that Marius (as I said in post 451) have sought attention:

1. He has several public profiles/accounts with thousands of followers on social media.

2. He parties with rich celebrity friends who post pictures/videos of it on social media.

3. He attends premieres with celebrity friends and poses in front of the cameras.

4. He hangs with people like Justin Bieber and poses on pictures with them.

And now he says (through the royal court) to Norwegian television that he don't want to be mentioned in the press, whether it's criticism of him or not.

Many (and I am among them) thinks he behaves like a spoiled brat. I understand that this may sound harsh, but Marius has sought attention, and now he'll have to deal with it.
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:44 PM
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I agree that he wants the perks of being rich and royal but not the press attention, most royals would probably love this but can;t get it coz they are born into it (not by choice) but Marius was adopted into it so that makes it seem he can walk away from it
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Old 01-14-2017, 06:12 PM
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i also think that he is in a position to have 'the best of both worlds': a cushy, privileged life of the royals without any of the responsibilities. i think however, that in order to make his pledge for privacy consistent it would make sense to make his social accounts private.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:00 PM
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I completely disagree. As private people, you and I get to have open social media accounts if we want them. I've made friends, expanded my world and learned a lot through friends of friends and by connecting with people I happened on in social media.
While I think it wise that he fly under a pseudonym (as I do on FB - even though it is against the rules) and that he limits with whom he shares, I think he should still be able to explore. He did not make his mother's life choices. She did.
And those of you that dislike him so much need to quit paying him attention IMO. He doesn't care about you and you obviously don't care about him in a generous way. He's just a kid. JMO.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:48 PM
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I hope Marius has a good life in the US, the need for privacy may be easier here as the media doesn't give much press to European Royals unless they get into some kind of scrape and then it doesn't usually cause news nationwide. He probably won't be recognized on the street unless press or some stranger who does recognize him, points him out, which I hope not. A change of "scenery" may be the best thing. Despite what I wrote previously, I do think he's made a great decision.
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:03 PM
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I’m not a regular follower of Marius or the NRF so both the brief statement and CP MM’s open letter were fine for me. However, I understand others think differently and perhaps MM’s letter should have been left out.

Hopefully Marius will mature in time, becoming consistent about privacy. Yes, he’s 20 and some argue he should "know better and gracefully accept certain limitations due to his connection to the NRF" but many people learn the hard way or he's stubborn at the moment (i.e. - "my friends have public social media, why can’t I?" or "I’m excited to meet celebrity or attend a premiere"… must share!)
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:31 PM
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I completely disagree. As private people, you and I get to have open social media accounts if we want them. I've made friends, expanded my world and learned a lot through friends of friends and by connecting with people I happened on in social media.
While I think it wise that he fly under a pseudonym (as I do on FB - even though it is against the rules) and that he limits with whom he shares, I think he should still be able to explore. He did not make his mother's life choices. She did.
And those of you that dislike him so much need to quit paying him attention IMO. He doesn't care about you and you obviously don't care about him in a generous way. He's just a kid. JMO.
If this was meant to me, then I think you misunderstood what I wrote.

I don't dislike Marius, but he has sought attention, and now he'll have to deal with it.

He cannot participate in a TV show, being at a parties with rich celebrity friends where the press is pressent, attending premieres with celebrities and pose in front of the cameras and then complain about the media attention he gets (which is in fact very small).

And the letter from Mette-Marit has brought damage to a already damaged monarchy with an extremely popular monarch with North Korean poll-numbers as its greatest asset.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:55 AM
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Above all Mette Marit is a mother. Marius is her firstborn, the first one to leave the nest, to leave the country even. As idyllic as Norway looks, also there the place is not free from threats, from intrusion, from smear, libel, defaming and stalking via the open sewer, pardon, I mean social media. When I put a suitcase on e-bay, no one notices it. When Marius Borg does so, it is reported in media, with the online comments open for trolls and warts to relieve their venom, vitriol and vomit over the dude, they themselves hidden in anonimity of usernames. Everyone with just an ounce of empathy will understand the intention of the letter by Mette-Marit. Of course the same media blow it up and see it as an attack on them, which only underlines Mette-Marit's observation.
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:56 AM
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I'm talking press here, and only press:
The underlying theme for Marius has always been that he is not the son of Haakon, but rather the result of a short liason in which drugs played a role. It actually happened that the press faux-praised Mette-Marit for not aborting him. He is the visible sign that Mette-Marit has not been the perfect choice made by Haakon.

I'm sure that both Mette-Marit and Haakon did whatever possible to shield Marius from that kind of negativity, but still, it can't be easy being him.
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:31 AM
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Imo it may turn out to be a "don't just talk the talk, but walk the walk"; if Marius wants more privacy (which i totally understand), he'll have to show it too by no more tv-appearances (the showbiz ones) and no more parties-with-showy-folks-where-you-can-expect-press-to-be-present

If you read just the announcement and open letter without looking for more meaning it seems that that *is* what he's planning to do, so i'm interested to see in 2 or 4 years how it turned out
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:30 AM
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i think everyone is free to have social accounts and obviously to set the settings they deem appropriate. all my accounts are set to the highest privacy settings because i do not like my information to be out there for the world (people who do not know me) to see. obviously marius as a private person that he wants to be is free to do whatever he wants, but if he is craving privacy it would make sense to maybe switch the privacy of those accounts. it is just an action that would show to everyone that when he says he wants privacy, he really means it. you cannot stop the press from talking over things that he openly posts on the internet - those are free for everyone to see and comment on. for me and other private citizens, this would be equivalent to me complaining if my friends gossip about what i post on the internet - if i post it openly, i am opening the door to people commenting. luckily no press is interested in what i post though, which is the case for marius.

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And those of you that dislike him so much need to quit paying him attention IMO. He doesn't care about you and you obviously don't care about him in a generous way. He's just a kid. JMO.
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??? what's this all about? this is a discussion about an open letter that MM published. why would we dislike marius? i think some people need to relax.
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:05 AM
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I've been scanning through this thread recently and what jumps out at me is an idiom that goes "I want my cake but I want to eat it too". If privacy is the goal, then *all* measures to insure that privacy must be taken. Not a pick and choose thing such as telling the press and the public to back off and yet having open to the public information readily available on social media. In fact, I would wager my last clementine orange that putting out the request for privacy only will make the press and the public pay more attention. Its like telling an unruly child "don't do that". The child goes and does it anyways.

In order to have a private life, that life needs to be conducted as one. Simple.
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:33 AM
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Imo it may turn out to be a "don't just talk the talk, but walk the walk"; if Marius wants more privacy (which i totally understand), he'll have to show it too by no more tv-appearances (the showbiz ones) and no more parties-with-showy-folks-where-you-can-expect-press-to-be-present

If you read just the announcement and open letter without looking for more meaning it seems that that *is* what he's planning to do, so i'm interested to see in 2 or 4 years how it turned out
Exactly! That's what I've tried to explain in 3 posts now.

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I've been scanning through this thread recently and what jumps out at me is an idiom that goes "I want my cake but I want to eat it too". If privacy is the goal, then *all* measures to insure that privacy must be taken. Not a pick and choose thing such as telling the press and the public to back off and yet having open to the public information readily available on social media. In fact, I would wager my last clementine orange that putting out the request for privacy only will make the press and the public pay more attention. Its like telling an unruly child "don't do that". The child goes and does it anyways.

In order to have a private life, that life needs to be conducted as one. Simple.
You're absolutely right! And that has in fact already happened. Now there has been talk that the US correspondents from NRK/TV2 have been instructed to follow him.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:01 AM
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I've been scanning through this thread recently and what jumps out at me is an idiom that goes "I want my cake but I want to eat it too". If privacy is the goal, then *all* measures to insure that privacy must be taken. Not a pick and choose thing such as telling the press and the public to back off and yet having open to the public information readily available on social media. In fact, I would wager my last clementine orange that putting out the request for privacy only will make the press and the public pay more attention. Its like telling an unruly child "don't do that". The child goes and does it anyways.

In order to have a private life, that life needs to be conducted as one. Simple.
That is correct!
Marius is technically a private person but press will always be interested in him, because his mother will be Queen of Norway and there will be public events that Marius is part of.
I can fully understand him, he is young, wants the best of both worlds, be hip and free, and show himself like most young people on social media.
But fact is, it does not work like a one-way-street. If he wants privacy he has to conduct himself in a way that he gets it. You can't dictate the press when you want to be left alone and when you don't, having mummy write a letter was the worst option and the most likely one to draw even more attention.
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