The Norwegian princess Märtha Louise (51), who is engaged to a shaman, will no longer perform any official royal duties until further notice. In doing so, she wants to help ensure that her own business activities and her role at court are more clearly separated, the Norwegian royal family announced in Oslo on Tuesday.
She therefore decided, in consultation with her father King Harald V. (85) and the closest family, not to take on any official duties at the present time. Harald decided that she would keep her princess title.
Martha Louise got engaged to Durek Verrett, also known in the US as Shaman Durek, in June. The princess has been criticized several times in recent years for mixing commercial interests and her official title.
"The Princess and her fiancé Durek Verrett want to make the difference between their own activities and the royal family clear," the court said. This means, among other things, that the princess title and references to members of the royal family are no longer used on their own channels in social networks or in media productions. After the wedding, Verrett will be part of the royal family, but traditionally does not have any titles or carry out representational tasks. Märtha Louise herself said that with her decision she wanted to help ensure that peace could come to the royal family and her fiancé.
The move seems to have its background in controversial statements by Verrett on health issues. Among other things, he said on Instagram in the summer that he had refused hospital treatment after a corona infection and instead needed a medallion to get well again. Märtha Louise now explained in an Instagram video that, as a trained physiotherapist, she is interested in health and research. However, she regards alternative medicine as an important supplement to conventional medicine.