Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has renounced her official duties but will keep her royal title after her engagement to an American shaman with a “controversial” story.
King Harald V, 85, today announced his daughter, 51, will no longer represent the Royal Family in any form – after the mother-of-three initially stepped down as an active royal in 2019.
Although the monarch has authorized Princess Märtha Louise, 51, to keep her royal title, her father reiterated that she will not be allowed to use it in any future business partnership with his partner Durek Verrett, 47.
The Queen took a similar approach with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when she left public office and moved to Montecito, California in 2020.
Talk to 2News today King Harald of Norway explained that discussions had taken place over the course of four or five months.
“We have arrived at a solution which I think will put more distance between the activities of the princess and the royal household,” he said. “I’m sorry the princess no longer represents the royal household.”
He pointed out that his daughter had remained a princess at his request, saying, “She’s our daughter and she will continue to be.” She is therefore Princess Märtha Louise.
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway stepped down from her official duties today. King Harald V, 85, today announced that his daughter, 51, will no longer represent the royal household in any form
Princess Märtha Louise will retain her royal title, although she is no longer an active royal. Pictured with her fiancé Durek Verrett, who she has been dating since 2019
The King and Queen of Norway have thanked their daughter for the “caring, warmth and great commitment” Princess Märtha Louise has shown over the years. The trio pictured in July 2017 at the unveiling of the Norwegian Trekking Association’s gift for the Queen of Norway’s 80th birthday
He also paid tribute to his daughter’s partner as “a really great guy and really fun to be with”.
“He has a great sense of humor and we laugh a lot, even in this difficult time,” he said. “I think we and him have gotten a better understanding of what it’s all about, and we’re okay to disagree, so to speak.
The royal admitted that Shaman Durek had struggled to understand why his daughter’s royal status could not be used to promote business ventures.
“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 affecting us at all.”
A statement from the Norwegian royal family read: “Princess Märtha Louise wants to contribute to a clearer distinction between her own activities and the connection to the royal household.
“Therefore, the Princess is renouncing her official duties and will not represent the Royal Household.
“The King has decided that the Princess will keep her title, but Princess Märtha Louise and her fiancé Durek Verrett will not use the title in their business activities.
“The King and Queen would like to thank Princess Märtha Louise for her significant efforts in her official work over decades. She carried out her work with care, warmth and a lot of commitment.
The official announcement comes after weeks of growing speculation over Märtha’s future at the institution following her engagement to star guru Durek Verret in June.
Last month Prince Haakon, 49, told local press he felt ‘responsible’ for the future of Norway’s monarchy and admitted some of his future brother-in-law’s views had sparked controversy in Norway.
Prince Haakon of Norway, the 49-year-old heir to the throne, told local press he felt “responsible” for the future of the Norwegian monarchy, Norwegian media NRK reported.
Referring to his sister’s June engagement to star guru Durek Verrett, who works as Shaman Durek, right, and lives with Märtha Louise in California, Haakon said he loves her on a personal level , but admitted some of the spiritual personalities. viewers had sparked 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, letting his soul ‘burn’ and he also spoke of having had to undergo a transplant of his sister’s kidney in his childhood.
It is unclear why he needed the kidney or how he became wheelchair bound as he described it. The disease that plunged him into a coma has also not been revealed.
Haakon told the local press NRK that he would like to “welcome” Durek into the “family” and that he had met the shaman “many times”.
However, he then referred to Durek’s recent controversial comments.
“We have of course noticed that some of what has been said and done has generated quite a bit of discussion.” Haakon said. “Some of them have also been controversial.”
Publishing director Knut Ola Ulvesstad also told a Norwegian newspaper at the time that he did not know about the cancer claims in the book until after the US release.
Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit with King Harald V and Queen Sonja in 2004
“When I read the Norwegian translation and found the parts dealing with cancer causes and treatment, it became impossible to publish this book,” he said in 2019. “If read literally, it may simply be harmful.”
“We all have friends and colleagues affected by cancer, who have children affected by cancer.
“And what Durek writes, for example, is that when kids get cancer it’s because they’re unhappy and they think about it, so yeah, I just don’t have an adequate commentary on this subject.”
According to the Times, a recent poll found that 17% of the public now view Norway’s monarchy more negatively than a year ago, with “Martha Louise’s relationship with Verrett, 47, cited by many as the reason “.
Durek Verrett (pictured at a conference 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 has three children together Maud Angelica, 19, Leah Isadora, 17 and Emma Tallulah, 14. They separated in 2016 and Ari committed suicide on Christmas Day in 2019.
The same year Princess Märtha Louise began dating Durek, the Norwegian royal house announced in 2019 that they would no longer use the title princess in commercial contexts.
The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, whom she married in 2002 and has three children together Maud Angelica, 19, Leah Isadora, 17 and Emma Tallulah, 14. They separated in 2016 and Ari committed suicide on Christmas Day in 2019.
With huge fame, a belief that he can speak to the spirit world, and a very colorful history, Shaman Durek isn’t your typical royal groom.
But the couple’s shared interest in all things spiritual suggests the pair are well suited, and indeed, and he has previously said of the royals ‘over the years we have built such a beautiful relationship’ . I love them’.
Born Durek Verrett in Sacramento in November 1974, the groom-to-be says he first became aware of his shamanic abilities when he was five years old, but didn’t begin training until the age of 11.
King Vadar’s statement follows neighboring monarch Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who stripped four of her grandchildren of their HRH status in September.
From January 1, 2023, the children of his second son, Prince Joachim, who lives in France, Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Félix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10 years, will become earls and countesses, and will be known as Their Excellencies.