A Norwegian princess who is soon to marry a bisexual Hollywood shaman has announced she is stepping down from royal duties after media interest in her love life exploded.
Princess Martha Louise, the eldest child of Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja, made the announcement through a statement on the Norwegian Royal Family’s website, in which the palace thanked her for her service and said she would keep the title of ‘princess’. She cannot use it in connection with her upcoming marriage to Hollywood spiritual guru Durek Verrett.
She was previously married to Ari Behn, with whom she had three children. Behn took his own life in 2017.
The good news is that Martha Louise was mercifully allowed to keep her Instagram name @PrincessMarthaLouise, but she’s still opened up a new non-royal account where she says “it’s all happening”.
The Norwegian royal family reportedly initially struggled to accept their new future son-in-law, who once marveled at her open-mindedness Hi! Magazine: “I’m not going to lie and say that it wasn’t kind of rocky at first because this shaman, a bisexual black man, comes into your family,” he said recently, adding that things have been slow going. “I have a great relationship with the royal family.”
The Norwegian royals issued a separate statement further clarifying the princess’ use of their title and connection. “This means that they are not allowed to display their connection to the Royal Household on their own social media channels (with the exception of @PrincessMarthaLouise on Instagram), in media productions or in connection with any other commercial activity,” the second statement said .
The statement went on to say that they are not allowed to use the connection to the royal family for interviews linked to “commercial activities”. The princess, now 51, had previously stopped using the title in connection with her impressive lineup of private ventures, including her work as a horse whisperer, children’s book author and owner of an “angel school” that offers “readings, healing, crystals and more practical treatment.” ” for any number of issues, with the end goal of helping people “get in touch with their angels”.
Verrett, who reportedly counted A-listers Gwenyth Paltrow and Antonio Banderas among his followers and charges $1,500 an hour for a healing session, has written a number of books, including Spirit Hacking: Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself, and Enlighten the World. He has also ruffled the royal feathers with comments including selling a locket he claimed cured COVID-19 and his claims that “cancer is a choice”.
Not dissimilar Megan Markle— that other famous black American who joined an all-white European royal family — Verrett has claimed that some people don’t want a black person in the family. He says they don’t want “the real Bridgerton,” which refers to the historical Netflix drama that introduced black characters to a story about white nobles. “White people are texting us all this hate and these death threats and all this stuff because we’re together,” he said in an Instagram Live in June. “They don’t want to see a black man in the royal family.”
When the two announced their engagement in an October issue of city Country magazine, they admitted it was hard to surprise each other. “Every time he planned something, I saw what he was up to,” said the princess.
“She has psychic abilities,” added Verrett. “We both have spiritual powers. If I have a single thought, she understands it immediately. I had to come up with five different experiences that I would create for them.”