Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita - full interview
Wed, 28 Mar 2012 5:30p.m.
King George Tupou V of Tonga did not want a lavish state funeral and lengthy period of lying in state, his sister has revealed.
Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita spoke to Michael Morrah in Nuku’alofa today, and said the late king was aware of Tonga’s economic crisis and wanted a simple farewell.
She says the late king “was a person who was always forward-thinking” and used the knowledge he gained in overseas education to become a “great leader” for Tonga.
“His Majesty wanted Tonga to be democratized, and that is part of his legacy,” Princess Pilolevu says.
“He always believed in giving people second chances, and he knew that he could never achieve what he wished for Tonga overnight.”
The king wanted to promote greater economic ties between Tonga and other Pacific regions, Princess Pilolevu says, and would want his family to “continue that legacy”.
She says it’s “important for people to know” that King George would have wanted to pass away as he did; “quickly, and away from Tonga, to cause minimum damage… to the economy and the people of Tonga”.
“He always told me he never wants to be bedridden… to be incapacitated,” she says.
Princess Pilolevu says while the king wanted a simple funeral, “it is difficult for us Tongans to simplify things… but we all did our best, and I’m sure he would have been happy with the results”.
Watch the video for the full interview
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
20/08/2012 9:43:59 a.m.
siupelimani muti wrote:
she still looks so much like my own mother,her looks alone demands respect and humility.
8/04/2012 11:31:23 p.m.
Nisha SAnson wrote:
I was Di touched to hear this interview .we sometimes have this picture of the royals but they sure are humans, thank u ur highness for such a touching interview ,God bless her royal highness Queen mother and the house of Moheofo !!
31/03/2012 6:26:19 p.m.
I am impress with the King of Tonga King HRH Tupou V. With power,dignity and honor he showed his great love to his people of Tonga. His advanced mind and been in the world over brings King HRH Tupou V to a realization that you can still be a King and love your people and treat them honorably. I am a Tongan and am proud to be one.
31/03/2012 2:26:49 p.m.
Malo au pito to princess Pilolevu and condolences to the late King Tupou and Long live King Tupou, from the household of the Rasau in Lomaloma, may we remember our ties from old times and may Tonga always be blessed.
31/03/2012 12:49:01 p.m.
Royal family makes mistakes...afterall they are human just like us. However, watching this video has made me realize how much they love Tonga and will do anything for Tonga. I too love Tonga with all my heart and want the best for Tonga. I know that as long as we have honest leaders with good intention and put God first in all that they do, Tonga will continue to remain a free land. Long Live the King!
29/03/2012 10:56:16 p.m.
She is so beautiful !
She spoke with grace and intelligence.
LONG LIVE THE KING :(
29/03/2012 3:07:22 p.m.
What a proud pass away king ...i give all my salute to his Majesty King George Topou the 5th for his loving n care for his own people...thanks you so much..hopefully ur wishes will reunited the people of tonga..
29/03/2012 2:18:26 p.m.
Sesilia Alofi Manuopangai wrote:
Wooowww! how very excited I am today. TULOU! TULOU! TULOU! mo e feitu'una, ta'ahine Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, kau hufanga mu'a 'i he faingamalie kuote toki fanongoa mo mamata ki ai. 'Oku tangi hoku loto 'ae tu'a me'avale ko kita, 'i he pulonga 'a Tonga kotoa pehe kiate au, 'i he LA'A KUO TOO. It's so unforgetable, since my late grand-father, Fainga'anuku 'of Ma'ufanga, always gathered us ke fai 'a e fatongia ki Ha'a Moheofo, koe lele mo e ha'amo ki he late King HRH Tupou V (birthdays....HIS UNFORGETABLE HUMBLE HAPPY BEHAVIOUR towards us. THANK YOU your Royal Highness for sharing HIS PERSONAL LIVES, May I please copy this amazing treasure as a memorial for this tu'a family, (my children and their children, and as for their future clans), would be very proud to hold this significant treasure in their lives. I AM SO PROUD TO BE A TONGAN! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE KING TUPOU V.
Tu'a 'Eiki 'Ofa Atu
29/03/2012 10:24:56 a.m.
Loved watching her highness interview, she is so beautiful. Thank you for this..
NZ BORN TONGAN
29/03/2012 9:56:01 a.m.
i stop working when i saw this interview of HRH PILOLEVU TUITA, my favorite royal, my dream is one day i get to meet her, i live in aussie but always search up news on the royal family of Tonga, its a very sad day for the Tongan people, HM TUPOU V is in the better hands of our dear lord, beautiful interview PILOLEVU, well spoken and great answers, straight to the point, god bless and hope to see more, god blessxxxx
A special investigation has revealed that a month on from the Bangladeshi factor...
A multi-million-dollar dispute involving one of the country's richest men is due...
After the tornado alarm went off, students at Plaza Towers, in Oklahoma, scrambl...
Six fire crews are tackling a large blaze in Sydney's CBD, as smoke pours out of...
Video has emerged of what is perhaps China's worst scooter driver....
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.