Posted on November 10, 2022

Norwegian Princess Quits Royal Duties to Work With ‘Shaman’ Fiance

Agence France-Presse, November 8, 2022

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has relinquished her royal duties to focus on her alternative medicine business with her fiance, a self-proclaimed shaman, the palace has said.

The 51-year-old princess’s relationship with Durek Verrett, a Hollywood spiritual guru, caused waves in Norway after the “sixth-generation shaman” suggested in his book Spirit Hacking that cancer was a choice.

He also sells a medallion on his website labelled a “Spirit Optimizer”, which he claims helped him overcome Covid-19.

A poll in September found 17% of Norwegians now have a lower opinion of the generally popular royal family, nearly all citing the princess and the shaman as the reason.

“The princess … is relinquishing the role as royal patron … and will not be representing the royal house at the present time,” the palace said in a statement.


The palace said that once the princess and Verrett were wed he would become a member of the royal family but would not have a title or represent the monarchy.

Märtha Louise, who claims to be able to speak with angels, lost her honorific “Her Royal Highness” title in 2002 when she chose to work as a clairvoyant. In 2019, the divorced mother of three agreed not to use her title as princess in her commercial endeavours.