Norway. The princess refuses royal duties because of the groom’s questions
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Princess Martha Louise, daughter of Norway’s King Harald, said Tuesday she will no longer officially represent the Norwegian royal house “after many questions about the role of me and my fiance.”
The 51-year-old princess, who is fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, got engaged in June to American Durek Veret, who describes himself on his website as a shaman and healer.
At least one foundation for which Martha Louise served as patron subsequently severed its association with the princess.
“I have decided that at this time I will no longer carry out official duties for the royal household,” she said in a statement released by the palace, adding that the decision was made in consultation with her parents to “create peace around. royal house”.
The princess will retain her title, but the palace said she had informed the organizations she was still a patron of that she was relinquishing the role.
His younger brother, 49-year-old Crown Prince Haakon, is the heir to the throne.
“I am sorry that the princess will no longer represent the royal house,” Harald said during a press conference on the issue. The 82-year-old king said that “we agree to disagree.”
“We looked at this process from all sides,” added his wife, Queen Sonja. “This was a unanimous decision.”
Harald said Verrett “probably thought he could do anything without it affecting us.”
“He also needs to consider what we stand for,” Sonia said.
The palace said in a statement that the couple would “clarify the distinction between their own activities and those of the royal household” and would not use the title of princess or refer to the royal family on social media or in commercial activities.
Norwegian Rheumatism Association general secretary Bo Gledich told Norwegian news agency NTB that it was “an organized and wise decision by our sponsor”.
“He solved it on his own initiative, and that’s good,” Gledich told NTB.
Norwegian media have accused Martha Louise and Veret of using her royal title for commercial gain, as well as promoting alternative health care methods.
Martha Louise said on Instagram: “I think alternative methods can be an important addition to established medicine.”
Veret, 47, will not hold a title or represent the Norwegian royal house when he and Martha Louise marry, the statement said. The couple, who have been together since May 2019, will attend family occasions and traditional royal events, according to Norwegian media.
Marta Louise has three daughters from her first marriage, which ended in 2016, and according to Norwegian media, she plans to move to California with them. The palace did not say whether Martha Louise’s change would have any effect on her daughters.
Along with her royal duties, the princess wrote books in which she claimed to communicate with angels.
In a poll published by the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet last month, 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%.
This story corrects Martha Louise’s age to 51 and corrects that Crown Prince Haakon is her younger brother, not her elder.
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