In a recent announcement, Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise, the eldest child of King Harald and Queen Sonja, has revealed plans to marry self-proclaimed shaman Durek Verrett on August 31, 2024. This union, however, has stirred significant controversy within the Scandinavian country.
The romance between the 51-year-old princess and Durek Verrett, a Hollywood spiritual guru, has garnered mixed reactions due to Verrett’s unconventional alternative medicine methods and outspoken statements, which have led to him being labeled a “quack” by some in Norway.
Despite the controversy, the couple has chosen the picturesque town of Geiranger, located on the shores of a fjord bearing the same name, as the venue for their wedding. Geiranger is renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its stunning natural beauty in southwestern Norway.
In a joint statement, Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett expressed their joy at celebrating their love amid Geiranger’s breathtaking surroundings. This choice of location adds an element of enchantment to their impending nuptials.
It’s worth noting that King Harald, the father of Princess Märtha Louise, had himself married a commoner, Queen Sonja, in 1968, and he has extended his blessing to his daughter’s engagement to Durek Verrett. This familial approval adds a layer of significance to the upcoming royal wedding.
As the wedding date approaches, the world will be watching closely, curious to see how this unique union between royalty and a self-proclaimed shaman unfolds in the scenic backdrop of Geiranger.