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Crown Prince Haakon of Norway talks of Märtha Louise's royal title

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway says discussing his sister’s Märtha Louise’s position as Princess is ‘difficult’ because her engagement with a bisexual US shaman has caused ‘controversy’ – amid row over titles

  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has opened up about his sister’s royal title 
  • Father-of-two, 49, feels ‘responsible’ for the future of Norwegian monarchy
  • Princess Märtha Louise lives in California, engaged to guru to the stars Durek 
  • Haakon also hinted that Martha-Louise engaged caused ‘controversy’ 

Prince Haakon of Norway has opened up about his sister Princess Märtha Louise potentially losing her title, admitting the issue is ‘difficult.’

The Norwegian heir-to-the-throne, 49, told local press that he feels ‘responsible’ for the future of the Norwegian monarchy, Norwegian media NRK reported, after it has been rumoured that crisis meetings over what to do with Märtha Louise’s royal title have been ongoing for weeks. 

Referring to his sister’s June engagement with guru to the stars Durek Verrett, who works under the name of Shaman Durek and lives with Märtha in California, Haakon said he liked him on a personal level, but admitted some of the spiritual personality’s viewers had caused controversy in Norway. 

This comes as neighbouring monarch Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has shocked the world by announcing that the children of her second son, Prince Joachim, who lives in France, Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, will become Counts and Countesses, and will be known as Their Excellencies, rather than His or Her Royal Highness as of January 1.

Prince Haakon of Norway, who is heir-to-the-throne, 49, told local press that he feels ‘responsible’ for the future of the Norwegian monarchy, Norwegian media NRK reported

Referring to his sister’s June engagement with guru to the stars Durek Verrett, who works under the name of Shaman Durek, right, and lives with Märtha Louise in California, Haakon said he liked him on a personal level, but admitted some of the spiritual personality’s viewers had caused controversy in Norway

Speaking to the press during yesterday’s outing, Haakon said he would like to ‘welcome’ Durek into the ‘family’.

He added he had met the Shaman on ‘a number of occasions.’

But the royal revealed he had to consider the situation from the perspective of the heir to the throne, saying: ‘I feel very responsible for the institution.’

He went on to discuss the controversial comments made by Durek throughout the years, including the claim that children get cancer because they are unhappy. 

Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit with King Harald V and Queen Sonja in 2004

The spiritual guide had his book dropped by his publisher in Norway when the claims were made public, causing a stir in his fiancée’s native country. 

‘We have of course noticed that some of what has been said and done has caused quite a bit of discussion. Some of it has also been controversial,’ Haakon said. 

The prince added that the Norwegian royal family is working out what to do bout these issues in order to move forward. 

His controversial comments will add fuel to the flames after Norwegian media began speculating that King Harald could strip his daughter of her title. 

According to Norwegian publication, Se og Hør, crisis meetings have been taking place on an ongoing basis over the issue between the king and his two children, who he shares with Queen Sonja of Norway, Crown Prince Haakon, 49 – who is heir to the throne – and Princess Märtha Louise.

It’s thought that Märtha Louise, a mother-of-three, has considered removing the Princess title herself. She gave up using the title ‘Her Royal Highness’ in 2002

Back in 2019, the Norwegian royal house announced that Märtha Louise, in consultation with her family, had decided that she would no longer use the title of princess in commercial contexts. 

The palace said that the royal could, however, continue to use the title when she represented the royal house, as well as in a private context. Märtha Louise gave up using the title ‘Her Royal Highness’ in 2002.

Märtha Louise travelled to Canada in late September, and it’s thought that meetings with her father to discuss her title would have taken place before that.  

The 50-year-old mother of three, who is the daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, announced her engagement to the 47-year-old Californian bisexual shaman in June. 

In March, the princess shared the first snap of her three children alongside her partner Shaman Durek (pictured together)

With a huge celebrity following, the belief he can talk to the spiritual world and very colourful history, Shaman Durek is hardly your typical royal groom.

But perhaps he’s perfect for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, who as a self-proclaimed clairvoyant who says she can talk to angels is far from a classic royal bride.

The pair been dating since 2019 after meeting through a mutual friend, and share a passion for all things spiritual.

Born Durek Verrett in Sacramento in November 1974, the groom-to-be claims he first became ‘aware’ of his shamanic abilities when he was five but that he didn’t start training until age 11.

Princess Märtha Louise announced her engagement to US Shaman Durek Verrett in June. The couple started dating in 2019 and after meeting through a mutual friend, and share a passion spirit world

The pair been dating since 2019 after meeting through a mutual friend, and share a passion for all things spiritual. They are pictured with Gwyneth Paltrow

The shaman, who has a several celeb followers in the US, where he is based, published his book ‘Spirit Hacking’ in 2019 in the US, but publishers banned in Norway over the over pseudoscientific claims including ‘children can get cancer from being unhappy’.

Eagled-eyes royal blogger Gert’s Royals unearthed how the book was banned by Norwegian publishers, which was released shortly after the pair started dating.

However, the publishing house dropped the book shortly after Märtha Louise’s and Durek’s engagement was made public this summer.  

After reading a translation of the book from its original English, the publishing house said at the time they were shocked by a number of unproven statements made by Durek in the book.

In a press release, the Oslo-based publisher said: ‘Our conclusion is that the book should not have been assumed, it will not be published, and the publisher has informed the rights holders about this.

Publishing Manager Knut Ola Ulvestad also told a Norwegian newspaper at the time that he wasn’t aware of the cancer claims in the book until after the US release.

After someone tipped him off on the book’s controversial content at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Ulvestad combed through the Norwegian translation, which led him to the decision not to publish.

‘When I read through the Norwegian translation and found the parties dealing with the causes of cancer and treatment, it became impossible to publish this book,’ he said in 2019.

‘If this is read literally, it can simply be harmful,’ he added.

‘We all have friends and colleagues affected by cancer, who have children affected by cancer,’Ulvestad went on.

‘And what Durek writes about, for example, is that when children have cancer, it’s because they’re unhappy and thinking about it, so yeah, I just don’t have an adequate comment on this.’

When news of Durek’s controversial view on cancer spread, other publishers decided to drop the book before it was even published.

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