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.
Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise has given up her royal duties to pursue an “alternative medicine” business with her American witch doctor fiancé, “Shaman” Durek Verrett. He says he rose from the dead & criticism he faces is because he’s black.https://t.co/fCt9aBMW4d pic.twitter.com/veie0IB5MU
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 8, 2022
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.