Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has abdicated her official duties but will retain her royal title after her engagement to an American shaman with a ‘controversial’ history.
King Harald V, 85, announced today that his daughter, 51, will no longer represent the royal household in any form – after the mother of three initially stepped down as a working royal in 2019.
Although the monarch has allowed Princess Märtha Louise, 51, to keep her royal title, her father reiterated that she would not retain it. any future commercial partnerships with her partner Durek Verrett, 47.
The Queen took a similar approach to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they resigned from their public duties and moved to Montecito, California in 2020.
Speak with 2News today, King Harald of Norway explained that the talks had taken place over the course of four or five months.
“We have come to a solution that I believe will put more distance between the activities of the princess and the royal family,” he said. “I’m sorry the princess will no longer represent the royal family.”
He emphasized that his daughter has remained a princess at his request, saying: “She is our daughter and she will remain so. So she’s Princess Märtha Louise.’
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway today renounced her official duties. King Harald V, 85, announced today that his daughter, 51, will no longer represent the royal household in any form
Princess Märtha Louise retains her royal title, despite no longer being a working royal. Pictured with her fiancé Durek Verrett, whom she has been dating since 2019
The King and Queen of Norway thanked their daughter for the “care, warmth and great effort” Princess Märtha Louise had shown over the years. The trio pictured in July 2017 at the unveiling of the Norwegian Trekking Association’s 80th birthday gift from the Queen of Norway
He also paid tribute to his daughter’s partner as “a great guy and great fun to be with.”
“He has a lot of humor and we laugh a lot, even at this difficult time,” he said. “I think both us and he have come to have a better understanding of what this is about, and we agree that we disagree, so to speak.
The royal admitted that shaman Durek struggled to understand why his daughter’s royal status could not be used to promote commercial projects.
“The Americans don’t understand the meaning of this, they have no idea what a royal house is,” he explained. “He thought he could do whatever he wanted without it touching us.”
A statement from the Norwegian Royal Family read: ‘Princess Märtha Louise wants to contribute to a clearer distinction between her own activities and the relationship with the Royal House.
‘Therefore, the princess renounces her official duties and will not represent the Royal House.
The King has decided that the Princess will retain her title, but Princess Märtha Louise and her betrothed Durek Verrett will not use the title in their commercial activities.
The King and Queen would like to thank Princess Märtha Louise for the important efforts she has made with her official work over the decades. She carried out her work with care, warmth and great dedication.’
The official announcement comes after weeks of mounting speculation about Märtha’s future within the institution following her engagement to star guru Durek Verret in June.
Last month, Prince Haakon, 49, told the local press that he feels “responsible” for the future of the Norwegian monarchy and admitted that some of his future brother-in-law’s views had caused controversy in Norway.
Prince Haakon of Norway, 49-year-old heir to the throne, told local press he feels “responsible” for the future of the Norwegian monarchy, Norwegian media NRK reported.
Referring to his sister’s engagement in June to guru to stars Durek Verrett, who works under the name shaman Durek, right, and lives with Märtha Louise in California, Haakon said he liked him personally, but gave some of spiritual personality traits. viewers had caused controversy in Norway
Shortly after the mother of three announced her engagement, a Norwegian publishing house dropped Durek’s book ‘Spirit Hacking’ over pseudoscientific claims, including ‘children can get cancer from being unhappy’
Among his other claims, Durek says he once came back from the dead, recovering from a month-long coma, by “burning” his soul and he has also said that as a child he had to have a kidney transplant from his sister.
It’s unclear why he needed the kidney or how he became wheelchair-bound, as he has described. The illness that caused him to fall into a coma has also not been disclosed.
Haakon told the local press NRK that he likes to ‘welcome’ Durek into the ‘family’ and that he has met the shaman ‘on a number of occasions’.
However, he then moved on to Durek’s recent controversial comments.
“Of course we’ve found that some of what has been said and done has caused quite a bit of discussion.” said Haakon. “Some of it has also been controversial.”
Publishing manager Knut Ola Ulvestad also told a Norwegian newspaper at the time that he only became aware of the cancer claims in the book after it was published in the US.
Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit with King Harald V and Queen Sonja in 2004
“When I read through the Norwegian translation and found the parties dealing with the causes of cancer and treatment, it became impossible to publish this book,” he said in 2019. “If read literally, it could just be harmful. ‘
“We all have friends and colleagues who have been affected by cancer, who have children who have been affected by cancer.
“And what Durek writes about, for example, is that if kids have cancer, it’s because they’re unhappy and thinking about it, so yeah, I just don’t have an adequate comment on this.”
According to the Times, a recent poll revealed that 17 percent of the public now view the Norwegian monarchy more negatively than a year ago, with “Martha Louise’s relationship with Verrett, 47, cited by many as the reason.”
Durek Verrett (pictured during a lecture in Stavanger, Norway) shares his interest in spirituality with the Norwegian princess
Princess Martha Louise of Norway announced her engagement to Durek in June. The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, whom she married in 2002 and had three children together: Maud Angelica, 19, Leah Isadora, 17, and Emma Tallulah, 14. They separated in 2016, and Ari took his own life. on Christmas Day in 2019.
In the same year that Princess Märtha Louise began dating Durek, the Norwegian royal family announced in 2019 that she would no longer use the title princess in commercial contexts.
The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, whom she married in 2002 and had three children together: Maud Angelica, 19, Leah Isadora, 17, and Emma Tallulah, 14. They separated in 2016, and Ari took his own life. on Christmas Day in 2019.
With a huge celebrity following, the belief that he can converse with the spirit world, and a very colorful history, Shaman Durek is hardly your typical royal groom.
But the couple’s shared interest in all things spiritual suggests that the couple is well suited, and indeed, and he has previously said of the royals, ‘over the years we’ve built such a beautiful relationship. I love them’.
Born Durek Verrett in Sacramento in November 1974, the groom-to-be claims he first became “conscious” of his shamanic skills when he was five, but didn’t start training until age 11.
King Vadar’s statement follows neighboring monarch Queen Margrethe II of Denmark who stripped four of her grandchildren of their status as His or Her Royal Highness in September.
As of January 1, 2023, the children of her second son, Prince Joachim, who lives in France, Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, will become Counts and Countesses. known as Their Excellencies.