Princess Marta Luisa of Norway resigned from her royal duties due to her controversial relationship with a shaman

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The Norwegian media accused the princess of using her royal title alongside her fiancé for commercial gain and promoting alternative methods of medical care

Princess Martha Louise of Norway resigned her royal duties due to her controversial relationship with a shaman

Princess Martha Louise of Norway (via Reuters)

Princess Martha Louise, daughter of King Harald of Norway, said on Tuesday that she will no longer officially represent the Norwegian royal house after “many questions related to my role and that of my fiancé.”

The The 51-year-old princess, fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, became engaged in June to Durek Verrett, an American who describes himself as a shaman and healer in your website.

At least one foundation for which Marta Luisa served as a patron subsequently ended its connection with the princess.

“I have decided that at this time I will no longer perform official functions for the royal house,” he said in a statement issued by the palace, adding that the decision was made in coordination with his parents “to create peace throughout the world.”

Princess Marta Luisa of Norway resigned from her royal duties due to her controversial relationship with a shaman

The princess of 51 years old, fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, became engaged in June to Durek Verrett, an American who describes himself as a shaman and healer on his website. (Instagram)

The princess will keep her title , but the palace said it informed organizations where she was still serving as patron that she was resigning.

Her younger brother Crown Prince Haakon, 49, is the heir to the throne.

“I am sorry that the princess no longer represents the royal house,” Harald said during a press conference on the issue. The 82-year-old king said that “we agreed to disagree.”.

“We have looked at this process from every angle,” added his wife, Queen Sonja. “This has been a unanimous decision”.

Princess Martha Louise of Norway resigned her royal duties due to her controversial relationship with a shaman

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway comment that Princess Martha Louise will no longer perform official duties for the royal house, in Oslo

Harald said Verret “probably thought he could do anything without affecting us.”

“You also have to take into account what we stand for,” Sonja said.

The statement The palace said the couple would “clarify the distinction between their own activities and the royal house” and will not use the princess title or refer to the royals on social media or commercial activities.

Bo Gleditsch, general secretary of the Norwegian Rheumatism Association, told the Norwegian news agency NTB that it was “an orderly and wise decision by our sponsor.”

Princess Martha Louise of Norway resigned from her royal duties over her controversial relationship with a shaman

Märtha Louise and the shaman Verrett. (Instagram)

“She has solved this on her own initiative, and that is good,” Gleditsch told NTB.

Norwegian media accused Marta Luisa and Verrett for allegedly using their royal title for commercial gain and promoting alternative methods of health care.

On Instagram, Marta Luisa said, “I think alternative methods can be an important complement to established medicine.”

Verrett, 47, will not hold a title or represent the royal house of Norway when he and Marta Luisa marry, according to the statement. The couple, who have been together since May 2019, according to Norwegian media, will attend family occasions and traditional royal events.

Princess Martha Louise of Norway resigned her royal duties due to her controversial relationship with a shaman

Märtha Louise with her daughters and her fiancé, Shaman Verrett. (Instagram)

Marta Luisa has three daughters from her first marriage, which ended in 2016. According to Norwegian media, she plans to move to California with them. The palace did not say whether Marta Luisa's change would have any effect on her daughters.

In addition to her royal duties, the princess has written books in which she claimed to have contact with angels.< /p>

A poll published by Norway's Dagbladet newspaper last month showed that 68% of respondents said they wanted to keep the monarchy. When Norwegian broadcaster NRK asked the same question in 2017, support for the royal house was 81%.

(with information from AP)

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