After announcing her engagement to Durek Verrett, Märtha Louise of Norway has made a big decision. The Scandinavian princess gives up her royal functions.
For Märtha Louise of Norway, the royal life is over. The daughter of King Harald of Norway has decided to leave her royal duties following a heated controversy after the announcement of her engagement. Last June, the princess, who occupies the fourth place on the country’s throne, became engaged to Durek Verrett, an American who describes himself as a shaman and healer. In a statement released by the palace, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway said she had “decided that at this time, [she would] no longer perform official duties for the royal household.” This choice was made after a discussion with her parents “to create peace around” the Scandinavian Crown: “Princess Märtha Louise wishes to make a clearer distinction between her own activities and her relationship with the Royal House of Norway.
The princess has therefore decided, in consultation with His Majesty the King and other members of his immediate family, that she will not perform any official duties for the Royal Household at this time,” the statement reads. After the decision of Märtha Louise of Norway, the Royal Family will have to deal with. The organizations that were previously under the patronage of the princess would be offered to other members. And that’s not all. “The princess and her fiancé will not use the title princess or refer to members of the Royal Household in their social media channels, in media productions or in connection with other business activities
Märtha Louise of Norway: “Being with a shaman is terribly out of line”
“The King and Queen would like to thank Princess Märtha Louise for the important work she has done in her official capacity over several decades. She has carried out her duties with warmth, care and deep commitment,” the statement said. After her divorce from Ari Behn – who has since committed suicide – the princess found love again in the arms of Shaman Durek, an atypical man who embarrasses the Crown. But no matter what they say, Märtha Louise of Norway decided to marry her companion several years ago with the blessing of her parents. “Before Durek, my mother was worried because it had been three years and I had no boyfriend. When I told her I had one and she asked me who it was,” she recalled to Vanity Fair…
“I don’t know if I can say that much, to be honest. It’s very contradictory. Here in America, you’re more open to it. In Norway, it’s very, very, extremely controversial. I would have to be with a CEO or a lord or someone of high rank. Being with a shaman is very, extremely, terribly out of line. It’s crazy,” added Märtha Louise of Norway. Now freed from her royal duties, like Prince Harry before her, the princess will make the same choice as the Duke of Sussex. With her three daughters from her previous marriage, she intends to settle … in California. New country for a new life.