Norway’s Princess Martha Louise resigned on Tuesday from her royal duties to focus on her alternative medicine business with her fiancé, a self-proclaimed shaman.
The 51-year-old princess’ relationship with Durek Verrett, a popular Hollywood spirit guide, sent shockwaves through Norway after the African-American “sixth generation shaman” suggested in his book Spirit Hacking that cancer was a choice.
On his website, “Spirit Optimizer”,Durek Verrett is selling a €220 medallion, which he says helped him overcome Covid-19.
A poll in September showed that 17% of Norwegians are disappointed in the royal family, with nearly all citing the princess and shaman as the reason.
In a video on Instagram this Tuesday, the princess said she would step down “to bring calm to the Royal House”.
The palace said the princess was “resigning her role as royalty… and that she will not return to represent the Royal House”. However, “according to the king’s will, the princess will retain her title”.
King Harald made a public statement, with Queen Sonja at his side, in which he said he “regretted” the decision of Princess Martha Louise, who said she was “very good at representing the Royal House”.
“I agree to disagree”
Martha Louise, who claims to be able to speak with angels, lost the title of “Her Royal Highness” in 2002 when she chose to work as a psychic. In 2019, when she was divorced and a mother of three, she agreed not to use the title of princess in her business activities.
Since becoming engaged to Verrett in June, the couple’s belief in alternative therapies, often touted on social media, has left Norway on the back foot.
Several groups of health professionals had already dismissed the princess as royalty due to the groom’s alternative medicine.
The couple will now refrain from any association with the royal family in their social media and business activities. “The aim is to draw a line that clearly separates the commercial activity of the Royal House of Norway,” the palace explained.
Regarding Verrett, the king revealed that there is “a greater understanding” on all sides of his activities. “We agree to disagree,” he snapped, assuring everyone to “live with differences.”
The royal family said they had “great confidence in the Norwegian service and health authorities”, stressing the importance of “established medical knowledge and scientific investigation”.
Martha Louise said, however, that she was “aware of the importance of scientific knowledge”, but made her vision clear: “I also believe that there are components of a good life and good physical and mental health that may not be so easy to summarize in a research report. “
For the princess, “spirituality, intimacy with other people and animals, yoga and meditation” can be important supplements, as well as “a warm hand, an acupuncture needle and a crystal”. “It was critical to make the distinction between myself as a private person and as a member of the royal family,” she argued.
Martha Louise hoped that her opinions would be treated as her own “without others having to answer for them.”
The king said he thought Verrett – whom he described as “a nice and very funny person” – needed to have a better understanding of the role of the monarchy in Norway. “Americans don’t understand the meaning of this,” he said between a laugh.
The palace further clarified that if the princess marries, her new husband (Verret) will become a member of the royal family, but will not have a title or represent the monarchy.