This specific case has reached the public eye simply because the owner of the estate is the Crown Prince.
There has been quite a lot of bad press for the CP about how he handles the Skaugum estate. The newspaper article referred to is one of a series in the republican-leaning newspaper Dagbladet, which indeed raises important issues about what has been funded with public money. It has been established, however, that it is mostly the government which is to blame, not the court or the Crown Prince.
: Torkel, I wouldn't really call Aftenposten nor
: nrk.no for tabloids!
: The way Skaugum has been discussed, both in
: the Norwegian media as well as by
: politicians in Stortinget (Parliament) is
: far from favourable. When the present King
: still was Crown Prince and owner of Skaugum
: he also had a difficult time to keep things
: going, financially, so his apanage was
: 'adjusted' and thus he managed to keep
: things going there despite it being hard
: times for many who owned an agricultural
: business on a large scale. He never needed
: to sell houses on the estate though ! And it
: still remained an agricultural business as
: it had been for decades !
: We now see a CP whose apanage is high but
: who seems not to be able to manage the
: estate without diminishing it all the time
: Most of the traditional Norwegian press is
: extremely respectful towards the royals, so
: when the papers do report and there are
: also voices raised in Parliament *(as you
: well know too) then there really is
: something wrong!
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: Norwegian papers are (yet again) publishing
: reports about the neglect by the CP Couple
: of their Skaugum estate.
: As we've seen earlier on the CP sold some
: properties on the estate and the profits
: went into his private purse.
: Also the upheaval about using staff that's
: paid by a different source for the
: maintenance of their private
: lodges/summerhouses did not add much
: positive PR either.
: The latest in this soap series is that the
: two historic buildings which the CP couple
: wanted to sell first, but were prevented
: from doing so by vote of Norwegian
: officials, are now - 3 years later - still
: standing to rot away while locals, museums
: directors and many more are wondering why no
: money had been spent on restoring these
: buildings, especially after all the news
: With all the millions CP Haakon earned when
: selling other houses on the estate he could
: easily have been involved in restoring these
: lovely old buildings.
: Articles in Norwegian, but much telling pics
: * earlier posts on this MB:
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