Princess Märtha Louise of Norway’s spiritual leader fiancé Shaman Durek claims she has ‘psychic abilities’ and was able to ‘foresee’ his plans for their engagement.
Durek Verrett, 47, who is professionally known as Shaman Durek, and has a star studded following including Gwyneth Paltrow, said in an interview with Town & Country that he had to think of ‘five different ways’ to propose to try and dodge her psychic abilities.
‘We both have spiritual powers,’ he said. ‘If I have one single thought, she gets it immediately. I had to think of five different experiences I would create for her.’
Märtha Louise, daughter of the reigning King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, added: ‘Every time he planned something, I saw what he was up to.’
‘We both have psychic powers’ said the celebrity Shaman, as he admitted he had to get creative with his proposal
The shaman is known as a ‘healer and spiritualist’ and has celebrity followers such as Gwyneth Paltrow
The pair announced their engagement on June 7 in a sweet Instagram post.
Martha said: ‘I am so happy to announce that I am engaged to Shaman Durek, the one who makes my heart skip, the one who sees me and acknowledges me from my highest potential, who makes me laugh and who I can be vulnerable with.
‘Love transcends and makes us grow. And I am so happy to continue to grow with this beautiful man.
‘Thank you to all my friends and family who have stood steadfast by our side.’
The romantic proposal took place under an oak tree at a friend’s horse farm in San Juan Capistrano, California, in a private affair – and was later announced on the social media platform.
The Princess is fourth in line to the throne and the eldest child of Norwegian monarchs King Harald V and Queen Sonja, she has three children from her marriage to Ari Behn.
The author, who was married to the princess for 15 years until 2017, took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019.
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her fiancé Shaman Durkek Verrett with her three daughters on Instagram
Tamron Hall with Princess of Norway Märtha Louise and Shaman Durek Verrett Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Shaman Durek Verrett on Tamron Hall together
Verrett will be the first black man to enter the Norwegian Royal family which is something that has caused the pair issues – to the point where they have even ‘received death threats.’
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her fiancé have previously said ‘people don’t want to see a black man join a royal family in Europe’ – after revealing they’ve received ‘death threats and hate’.
The couple, who announced their engagement on Tuesday, addressed the backlash they’ve received throughout their relationship and admitted it had been an ‘eye-opener’ and a ‘learning curve’ for Martha-Louise.
Speaking in an Instagram Live back in June, Durek Verret, a Los Angeles-based ‘spiritual guide and gifted healer’ said people ‘don’t want to see a black man in the royal family’ because it’s ‘never been done’.
In a reference to Netflix’s popular period drama romance Bridgerton, which features several interracial couples, in it’s colorblind casting, Durek said people liked to watch these royal relationships on TV, but did want to see the ‘real Bridgertons’.
Princess Martha Louise (far left) with (l-r) her parents King Harald V and Queen Sonja, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway and Princess Astrid of Norway on the British royals’ visit to Norway in 2018
Durek said he thinks there are two reasons behind the death threats the couple claim to have received.
‘One, they don’t want to see a black man in the royal family because there’s never been one in the history of histories in the European royal family so that’s a huge thing,’ he said.
He went on to say that while a prince would be able to marry a woman of colour, the fact that Märtha Louise was female meant there was more scrutiny around her choice of partner.
‘Second, Märtha is a female. It’s different when a man chooses a woman of colour because he’s a man… but for a princess to choose a man of colour, it has never been done in history so it’s really tough for people to handle that,’ he said.
Speaking of Bridgerton, he added: ‘They don’t want the Bridgertons, they want to watch it on TV but they don’t want the real Bridgertons, which is us.
‘So they get very upset and angry and say really mean things, but they don’t understand that our world can’t stay the same, we have to evolve,’ he added.
Märtha Louise admitted that the experience had been an ‘eye-opener’ for her.
‘I had a big learning curve coming from white privilege. I was so naïve I didn’t see the nuances, and I think a lot of white people are,’ she said.
‘The small nuances are the worst, when people pull away from you [Durek], or they don’t want to sit next to you on the bus or cross the street to not walk towards you and of course all the remarks that are all the time,’ she explained.
She went on to give more examples of the different ways in which people treated her and Durek.
‘I’ve seen people talking to me really nicely then turning around to Durek and being really horrible, like not touching his hand or not saying hello or saying horrible things to him from being totally nice with me,’ she said.
The royal said it made her realise: ‘wow this is so much worse than I thought it was,’ and added she is ‘shocked that it’s still going on in the world.’