Mountains of criticism, (false) accusations and (partial) title renunciations: The relationship between Norwegian Princess Märtha Louise and American shaman Derek Ferrett bears little resemblance to a fairy tale. Why does their love affair arouse so much resistance from the press and the public?
While most royal relationships develop in secret and then go public, it was very different with fifty-year-old Martha Louise.
In 2019, the princess, the eldest daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, announced via Instagram that she had a new boyfriend.
She was separated from writer Ari Behn for three years at the time. The Norwegian writes with a photo with Feret, who also has Norwegian roots: “When you meet your soul mate, you know it. I’m lucky to have found mine.” “I am very happy and blessed to call him my friend.”
It is not surprising that her boyfriend is active in the spiritual realm
This isn’t how someone from the royal family would handle something like this, but Martha Louise’s reputation was already a bit controversial at the time. For example, the princess claims to have telepathic powers and to be able to talk to animals.
So it is not surprising that the Norwegian princess fell in love with a person who is also active in the spiritual sphere. Verrett says he’s been working as a shaman since he was twelve: someone who communicates with the spirit world in order to heal people and be able to predict something.
The two met during the period of the Princess’s recovery at Feret. “I looked him in the eye and said, ‘I already know you,'” she said on an American talk show. He replied: It was written in the stars before we were born that we would meet one day.
The shaman then moves into the celebrity world for a while. He’s a close friend of actors like Chris Pine, Selma Blair, and even Gwyneth Paltrow’s spiritual advisor. He also writes articles for her lifestyle platform sticky substance†
Ferrett with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Martha Louise is not a “special princess”
While it all sounds loving and romantic, the audience doesn’t have much to say about their relationship. Ferret works in a somewhat controversial way. For example, people who allow themselves to be treated by a shaman must give him written permission that he may touch their genitals.
His lifestyle – full of fancy parties and other superficial and material things – also raises many eyebrows due to his presence as a shaman: people can’t reconcile that. And the now-deleted message in which Ferrett wrote that he was a “creeper from another planet” actually caused panic.
Soon after starting their relationship, the couple decided to start working together. They go under the name The princess and the shaman On a tour together. However, they also encounter resistance. The public finds it unacceptable that Martha Louise used her royal title for commercial purposes.
In consultation with her family, she decided that she would use the title Princess only when she was performing royal and official duties. She describes it herself as a “good solution”. By the way, Martha Louise is not the heir to the throne, because the eldest son in Norway (in this case Haakon) and not the eldest daughter is first in the line of succession to the throne.
Shaman waits a little longer with his suggestion
When her ex-husband Behn committed suicide at the end of 2019, many people believed that Martha Louise’s new relationship was to blame. “They said Derek wasn’t there for what happened,” she said in an interview. Vanity Fair†
The shaman actually wants to propose to his lover – even the king and his wife have already been asked for permission – but given the circumstances he decides not to. He does not hide the fact that Verrett has plans to marry the princess. He says the ring is already designed.
The couple (left and center) in 2019.
Ferret is seriously ill
The couple is considering moving to the United States. After all, the two regularly spend time together in Ferret’s homeland. “They’re more open about it here,” Martha Louise explains. “In Norway they don’t think you can have a relationship with a shaman.” However, the princess will continue to live in Europe for the time being, also because she has three children who go to school here.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2022 the shaman will announce that the engagement is official. “She said yes,” he wrote on Instagram. But in addition to all the festivities surrounding their upcoming wedding, they’re also having a rough time. Ferret is seriously ill: He has problems with his kidneys and has to go to the hospital for dialysis three to five times a week. A planned transplant was canceled at the end of May.
Relatives at least gave the Princess and Verrett their blessing. On the website of the Norwegian Royal Family, congratulations from her parents King Harald and Queen Sonja. Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit also wish the couple good luck. The Princess writes, “Durek is the man who makes my heart beat faster, sees me and my abilities. He makes me laugh and I can be vulnerable with him. I am so happy that I can continue to grow with this beautiful man.” .