Whenever we at Team Pajiba talk about royalty, we’re almost exclusively discussing the House of Windsor. Primarily, for our American audiences, when royals are mentioned, their go-to reference point is the Brits, which makes sense for several obvious reasons. They’re English speaking, ever so posh, have a long history with America, a lot of people are invested in Diana’s kids, and now Meghan is here. It makes for good copy, but sometimes it means we overlook all the amazing royal drama going on in the rest of Europe. And boy has Norway knocked it out of the park recently! This story has EVERYTHING: Angels, princesses, Goop endorsed shamans, Instagram, family drama…
For those who didn’t even know that Norway had a monarchy, here’s some background knowledge. King Harald V of Norway is the current monarch and has been on the throne since 1991. His wife, Queen Sonja, has been with him since 1968. The pair dated for nine years and their courtship was somewhat controversial given that she was a commoner. They only got to marry because Harald said it was her or nobody, which could have ended the monarchy as a whole. They have two children: The future King, Crown Prince Haakon, and Princess Märtha Louise. Haakon married Mette-Marit, a single mother who was involved in the Oslo rave scene and written off by many as inappropriate for the job of consort, but she’s since become very popular and the pair have two children. Haakon is the youngest sibling, but as the boy in the family, he is the heir. That law has since changed, meaning that Haakon’s eldest daughter will possibly one day be Queen. I’m pretty sure Norway are delighted this law change didn’t happen when it came to Märtha Louise.
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is fascinating and frankly bonkers. She’s a trained physiotherapist and expert in Norwegian folk tales who chose to give up the title of Her Royal Highness and begin paying taxes so she could start her own business. Said business involves communicating with angels. Yup. In 2007, Märtha Louise announced plans for a new alternative therapy centre, Astarte Education, where students could learn to ‘create miracles’ by harnessing the powers of angels. She later drew further controversy when she started palling around with clairvoyant Lisa Williams, who claims she can communicate with the dead.
So, how do you top that? Well, you start dating a guy named Shaman Durek. This month, she revealed on Instagram - really the only way to do something like this - that she had found ‘unconditional love’ with Durek, real name Durek Verrett.
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When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine. @shamandurek has changed my life, like he does with so many. He has made me realize that unconditional love actually exists here on this planet. He embraces all of me without question or fear. He makes me laugh more than anyone, has the most profound wisdom to share and all the bits in between from the diversity of his being. I feel so happy and blessed that he is my boyfriend. Thank you my love, for including me so generously into your family. I love you from this eternity to the next. And to those of you who feel the need to criticize: Hold your horses. It is not up to you to choose for me or to judge me. I don’t choose my man to satisfy any of you or the norms or boxes you have chosen in your mind for me to be in. I don’t thrive there, nor do I exist in your illusion about me. I choose from love. And that’s it. Shaman Durek is merely a man I love spending my time with and who fulfills me. So thank you for respecting my actions and my choice of partner. All I know at this moment is that we love each other and I am super happy. Have a wonderful, loving Sunday and Mother’s Day(for the USA). 📸 @dhendersonphoto #love #unconditionallove #newlove #boyfriend #inlove
Verrett has shared similarly gushing captions on his account, including one where he claimed that his mother had predicted that he would find great love with a Norwegian woman. The Princess was allegedly his client before things turned romantic, and the pair are now organizing a tour of Norway that promise to take ticket buyers ‘on a self-discovery into wisdoms to reveal to you your divine self-activated and how you can utilize your gift to change the world.’ A workshop on ‘activating divinity’ is also available, which will offer tools on ‘how to increase your awareness and guide you back to what is truest about you.’
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He also teaches classes on ‘biohacking’, where ‘you will learn the fundamentals to hack your energetic fields, hack your brain space technology, and increase your serotonin and endorphin levels and release dopamine in the brain!’ Shaman Durek comes with big name endorsements and his Instagram feed is full of photographs of him with big stars, including Goop mother herself, Gwyneth Paltrow. In an interview with him posted on the lifestyle website, Verrett describes his work as a ‘no-nonsense shaman’ (insert laughter here). According to one piece from 2016, Verrett claimed to ‘have rescued people from cancer, others from coma and many others’, although he has since denied that he ever made such claims.
The pair gave an interview to Good Morning Norway, where Verrett seemed to do most of the talking and also claimed that as a shaman he can rotate the core and electrons in atoms. That’s literally impossible, by the way, but I really shouldn’t have to say that out loud. In this same interview, Märtha Louise also rejected talk of relinquishing her title as princess, saying, ‘I am a princess, I’m born into it.’ She has drawn criticism before for the way she uses the title of ‘princess’ to push her business and legitimize the highly questionable promises she makes, and I’m not sure you can get more commercially shameless than shilling a workshop with a romance novel style name like ‘The Princess and the Shaman’.
And you thought the Windsors had drama.
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