Marta Luisa, daughter of Kings Harald and Sonia of Norway, has announced her engagement to her boyfriend, the American shaman Durek Verrett, with whom she has been in a relationship for three years. The princess has communicated the news through your Instagram accountwhere he has almost 200,000 followers, with a photograph in which he poses smiling with Verret showing the engagement ring.
“I am very happy to announce that I am engaged to the shaman Durek, the only one who makes my heart jump, the only one who sees me and understands me with all my potential, the one who makes me laugh and with whom I can be vulnerable. Love does not judge where you come from or who you are as a human being. Love creates bridges between people, cultures and religions. We are happy to have found each other across continents, ethnicity and social origin”, the princess has written next to the photo. She also thanked family and friends who have always been by her side, in a somewhat controversial relationship since she became known.
The princess and her future husband have sent a statement to the Norwegian media in which they report that after the wedding they will continue to live on different continents, she in Norway and he in California. They have not yet confirmed the date on which the link will be held. The kings Harald and Sonia have also sent their congratulations and best wishes to the couple through another statement, as well as the crown princes, Haakon and Mette Marit, who have wished them “the best for their future”.
This will be the second wedding of the princess after her marriage in 2002 with the writer of Danish origin Ari Behn, who took his own life on December 25, 2019. Marta Luisa and Ari Behn were married for more than 15 years and from that three daughters were born, Maud, Leah and Emma. However, Behn’s constant scandals, from his walks dressed in drag queen around Barcelona with the excuse of filming a documentary or his suggestive photographs with a famous blogger whom he met at a wedding, would end up cooling the couple’s relationship and the affection of the Norwegians. Her relationship with Behn and her subsequent divorce in 2017, both civilly and religiously, positioned Marta Luisa as the wayward and rebellious princess within the always discreet Scandinavian royal families.
In 2019 and after a period of being single, the princess surprised Norwegian society again when she made public her love for a shaman named Derek Verrett who claimed to have been a king in another life and also to have lived in Ancient Egypt, and with whom he gave a lecture tour. The princess, very active on social networks, where she does not hesitate to share moments of her personal life, divides her time between California (United States) and Norway. Following the announcement of her relationship with the shaman, criticism was not long in coming, including rumors of giving up her dynastic rights and even abandoning her title when doing business together. She has always stood up to outside opinions: “I do not choose my man to satisfy any of you, nor to the rules,” she declared.
Since the relationship between the princess and the shaman jumped into the media, the couple has suffered media harassment and racist death threats against her partner and against her. Racism has since become one of the constant struggles of the princess, who does not hesitate to openly position herself against discrimination through long posts on her Instagram: “Racism is not just the obvious (which was what I thought ): the open discrimination, mistreatment and murder of black people. The obvious and the easy thing is to go against all this. But racism is also in the details (which she had no idea still existed). It’s in the way people shy away from Durek. For example, how friends assume he lies about everything. What’s wrong with being nice. The words they murmur under their breath, making it perfectly clear that he has no natural place at the table. People in important positions saying, ‘How dare you think I’m going to touch your hand?’, when he extends it to wish good night”.
Today, Marta Luisa and Durek Verrett announce a wedding despite the winds and tides of tradition and criticism inside and outside Norway. The princess herself is aware of the situation, but she prefers to follow the dictates of her heart. As she confessed in an interview for Vanity Fair: “To be honest, I don’t know if I can say much about it. It is very confrontational. In Norway, our courtship is very, very controversial. I should be with a CEO, with a lord or someone like that, high level. Being with a shaman is extremely unusual. It’s crazy.”
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