King Harald will not participate in the opening of the Johan Sverdrup field, reports the Royal House.
“Due to the recent stresses, His Majesty the King will not participate in the opening of the Johan Sverdrup field as planned,” the Royal House writes in a short message on its own website on Monday afternoon.
King Harald should have been participating in the opening of the new oil field on Tuesday together with Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Høyre/Conservative Party) and Oil and Energy Minister Sylvi Listhaug (FrP/Progress Party).
The King’s former son-in-law Ari Behn took his own life at Christmas. Before Christmas, the King was also sick with a viral infection, which prevented him from attending the Cabinet on December 20th.
Equinor was criticized by MDG’s (Green Party) Une Bastholm on Sunday for involving the King in the opening of the new field.
“Equinor and the government should not put the King in a situation where he adds gloss to an oil project that will contribute massively to the climate crisis,” she says.
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