Norway’s Princess Martha fell in love with a sixth-generation American shaman

Well, here’s a royal story you don’t see every day. This woman is Princess Martha Louise of Norway. She’s the daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. She’s a divorcee and 47 years old. She met an American shaman and now they’re in love. That’s the story. A Norwegian princess fell in love with an African-American man who is a sixth-generation shaman. Not only that, but Shaman Durek (real name Derek Verrett) is a CELEBRITY shaman. As in, he shamans for the rich and famous almost exclusively, at least that’s what I think from looking through his Instagram. Princess Martha wrote on her Insta on Sunday:

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).

[From Princess Martha’s Instagram]

Shaman Durek has celebrity followers like Gwyneth Paltrow, James Van Der Beek, Nina Dobrev and more (trust that Gwyneth has multiple shamans though). Martha was his client at first, but they were so attracted to each other, they began dating anyway. He apparently believes that he’s spent many past lives with Martha. A friend told the Daily Mail (via People): “They both believe they have known each other for many lifetimes, and that in this lifetime they are suppose to help heal the world together with their tribe, their followers. Durek believes he was a King in a past life and that he and Princess Martha were husband and wife in multiple lifetimes.” His mom apparently predicted that he would fall for a Norwegian princess years ago.

Also, Martha and the Shaman are going to work together – they’re doing “The Princess and the Shaman” tour in Norway and Denmark. Honestly though? No judgment. I think it’s more than possible that this whole thing is just rather harmless, and it’s about a 40-something woman finding love and someone who listens to her. I would totally watch a film adaptation of this story.

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There is a grace and beauty about life when you fall in love. Something softens in you that's unspeakable, however felt in the very depth of your soul. Then your eyes see more clearly yourself and everyone else with the same reflection the heart feels. To be loved or not to be loved for I'd rather be loved unconditionally then not to be loved at all. This is what I feel from @princessmarthalouise, pure acceptance of my multidimensional self. Not just the Shaman, however the woman in me, the strong man in me, the little boy, ET, the jaguar, the scientist and the angel and more. All loved by this Goddess, who I honor and worship. Where I can cry in her arms when I'm sad or hurt and laugh about life and its many complexities. A strong woman who lets me be me without judgement or confinement. I'm free when I'm with her, free to be me and love a women who is a bright light of wisdom and profound grace and immense beauty. Happy Mothers Day powerful women of the world. I honor you and your devotion to life. Thank you @dhendersonphoto

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  1. Esmom says:

    The headline just drew me in, lol. Wishing these crazy kids all the happiness.

  2. Canadian says:

    Photo assumption, but she looks more into him than he’s into her. I wish them the best though.

    • marina karina says:

      He’s into the camera, that’s for sure!

    • Selena says:

      My thought too. Then I thought “gag… this is more Gwynnie Woo Science getting air play. Yuck”

    • Bella Bella says:

      Gotta be careful of those shamans. I know one who used to really hoodwink women, especially ones with money.

      • Elizabeth1992 says:

        Well, she seems to fit in with that story line. And shaman to the celebrities? That’s got huckster written all over – no shame to proper shamans who don’t have GOOP on their client list.

  3. Ader says:

    Twin flame! TWIN FLAME!? Do they know Darcey and Jesse!? Wait, isn’t he from Norway, too!?!? It’s all coming together now…..

    • HelloSunshine says:

      Omg a fellow 90DF fan! Exactly what I thought 😂 anyone who refers to their partner as their twin flame is looking for a mess lol

      • Ader says:

        One of us! 🙂

        I near died when I saw “twin flame.” And then I was all, “OHhhhhh, so this is Darcey’s online crew!”

    • TiaMaria says:

      Haha must confess I am also a 90DF fan and twin flame had me cracking up!

    • Jillie says:

      Lolol Jesse was from Nederlands tho 🤣

    • Mariposa says:

      Hahaha….hilarious! That storyline was funny but also really sad to watch. I think Jessie was a sociopath – Darcy was silly and lacked confidence, but he was just toying with her. I hope Martha is more switched on.

      • osito says:

        That storyline produced some of the best memes of all time, but I’m with you: it was so sad to watch a woman being gaslighted over and over and over again. She was already so insecure because of the age difference, and couldn’t express that because she didn’t feel safe being vulnerable. And maybe that should have been the biggest sign that her “twin flame” was an emotionally abusive manipulator: she was clearly employing negative coping behaviors (like getting sloshed) to compensate for the fact that he clearly thought the relationship wouldn’t last and *wouldn’t tell her as much.* He just let Stepdaddy do it in the most cruel way.

  4. Cee says:

    Of course Martha Louise is in love with a Shaman – she used to speak to angels. lol
    She’s always been a bit cuckoo, but harmless.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I think at one point she was going to open a school for students to learn to speak to angels? There was grumbling that she should give up her title as her actions reflected badly on the royal family.

      • Kylie says:

        She did open an “Angel School” but she announced she is closing it last year and based on her most recent social media posts, it looks like the final courses have been taught.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She has a YouTube channel about horses and dressage training too, Hest360.

  5. The Original Mia says:

    Props, Martha Louise! Live your life.

    • Becks1 says:

      Right?? You do you Martha.

      I’m cracking up at “Gwyneth has many shamans” lolol. You know she does!!

  6. Kitten says:

    Handsome dude. Good for her!

  7. Lala11_7 says:


    Chile…when I read about this…I CACKLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As long as he’s not on some Rasputin mess…it’s all good….


    • Sassy says:

      Rasputin mess!!!! Lol!

    • BchyYogi says:

      Ha! Some Rasputin mess! Thank you! My first thoughts…I have a buddy who is so Twin Flames- goes on about it like it’s a real as oxygen. I hear this lexicon ALL in my line of work, particularly from bored heiresses finding a way to spend their time and fortune that’s MEAAAANINGFULLLL…
      We all hope it’s harmless and not a gateway to some cult of personality or some chalet in Guyana. Sorry, I may be open minded STILL “believe in Allah, but tie up your Camel”…

    • A says:

      I always bring this up whenever someone talks about Rasputin–but fun fact: the descendent of one of the people who was charged with killing Rasputin, either the son or grandson I can’t remember, wound up becoming the mayor of Palm Beach, Florida.

  8. Jb says:

    Wow…just wow. What exactly is a celebrity shaman btw? They pay him to say yes to whatever it is they believe in? Man Hollywood and Royals real do live on another planet don’t they??

  9. Wilma says:

    She does not look 47. That’s some great skin care.

  10. Kaye says:

    Best wishes to them.

    Those bunny ears, though . . .

  11. Leah says:

    That is one hot shaman.

  12. Ader says:

    LOL. This guy! LOL. I’ve dove down the rabbit hole.

    He actually makes no sense, and it’s amazing. Take, for example, this sentence gem from above:

    “To be loved or not to be loved for I’d rather be loved unconditionally then not to be loved at all.”

    Um, yeah dude. We’d all rather be loved than not loved. Oh man. Why do people fall for this stuff!?!?

  13. Jade says:

    I hope Netflix will make a romcom inspired by this!

  14. Simon the Bird says:

    She’s 47? She looks great.

    The phrase « twin flame » is goddawful.

  15. Kylie says:

    I was not surprised when I saw Martha Louise’s post about him because I had been sensing something was going on between them after she got upset because she felt a talk show had manipulated something he said. He is her type given her own history of talking to angels and things of that nature. I thought her father’s response when asked about it was funny, he said “it is nice that she has a boyfriend” or something similar, typical dad response. Being Instagram official is a big deal for a royal though, I wonder if an engagement is on the horizon.

  16. ojulia123 says:

    Oh, my. That is one very good looking Shaman.

  17. perplexed says:

    She’s 47? I guessed she was 25. How old is he (he doesn’t look to be in his 40s either).

  18. Leah says:

    He claims he can cure cancer.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      He actually says in the Norwegian TV interview that he cannot cure cancer, they asked point blank.

  19. Miasys says:

    I used to shrug at stories like this, but now they kind of give me a warm fuzzy feeling. Considering the daily sh*t show in America now, i appreciate unexpected little rays of sunshine in this dystopian hellscape. If you can find love, grab it and hold tight. I wish them well.

  20. Lex says:

    No no no surely not James VDB?!?

    This seems like a con that will end in sadness

  21. Michael says:

    European rituals dating and marrying African Americans is the new trendy thing. Just kidding but this would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. The world is changing both for the better and for the worse. Depending on your point of view

    • kerwood says:

      Just a note: African-Americans aren’t a trend. They’ve been in America for over 500 years, much longer than many other ethnic groups who arrived to a country that had already been built on African-American blood and exploitation. And European royalty have been involved with African-Americans for centuries. They just didn’t have Instagram to announce the news to the world.

      • Michael says:

        Yeah I was making an observation and a joke but thanks for the stern lecture. Don’t get enough of that

      • Naddie says:

        Maybe he/she means that rich and white people have this habbit of fetishizing human beings? I don’t know if it’s that, but I don’t trust these people’s feelings at all.

      • kerwood says:

        @Michael. You’re welcome. Anything I can do to help.

      • AM says:

        Exactly Kerwood. African Americans have been in Amercia 500 years. I had to tell a racist that recently, yelling at someone I work with.
        It shut the racist down, he was lost for words.

      • Well says:

        500? It’s 400 years exactly, august 1619. Where did you get 500?

      • PrincessK says:

        Yes, there was another aristocratic woman, can’t remember her name who scandalised society by having an African American lover in l think the 20s or 30s.. today not many are really is bothered by this couple.

      • Lobbit says:

        @well – you’re wrong. The first black person in America was Juan Garrido. He arrived in Puerto Rico in 1508 and went onto explore Florida with De Leon in 1513. 500 years.

      • kerwood says:

        @Well. Ask @Lobbit.

    • Lobbit says:

      This comment is vaguely icky.

  22. Reef says:

    One thing I appreciate about the self-help insider celebrity crowd ie the life coaches, pastors, shamans, gurus etc is you just have to believe your own BS. That’s it. It don’t even have to make sense. You just got to be confident in it.

    • duchess of hazard says:

      @Reef truly. Just fake it till you make it. Honestly.

    • Call_me_al says:

      This. I will not disrespect the traditions of another culture such as shamanism that I don’t really understand, but when you bring making money into it, you are fair game for criticism. At least with psychotherapists, etc., there are gatekeepers, hoops to jump through, and accountability of some kind in order to present yourself to the public as such and charge money.

  23. TyrantDestroyed says:

    I’m not really into the bunny ears with crazy insta filters, the tapestry blazer or the new age stuff in general but to each their own I guess.
    I didn’t know she was divorced. This is a story with the same interesting gossip levels of the Monaco House.

  24. kerwood says:

    I’m laughing my butt off at the thought of what this news is going to do to all the White supremacists that view Norway as a bastion of Whiteness!! Some tiki-torches will be extinguished with tears.

    • Kendra says:

      Since she is a bit …unusual with the angel talk and such I think in Norway itself the shaman bit is the news. But you are right that in Internet people who use Norway as example of whiteness will be horrified by his looks lol.

      • ta says:

        “Internet people who use Norway as example of whiteness…”

        …would be shocked if the actually visited Norway or any of the other Scandinavian countries. Not as white as those Internet People fetishise.

      • jwoolman says:

        Norwegians still are mainly pale, but they haven’t been all pale for quite a long time.

        This is still my favorite response to Donald Trump’s pronouncements on immigration, specifically when he said we needed more immigrants from Norway:

        Song for Donald: A rather devastating parody of the Song of Ronald from the Norwegian point of view.

  25. castletoz says:

    If it talks like a cult leader and walks like a cult leader, has celebrity endorsements like a cult leader…

  26. boredblond says:

    He’s very close to Gwyneth P., and claims he can make people age in reverse by mystic re-arrangement of atoms. Sorry…I kind of enjoy rich people getting scammed.

  27. jen says:

    Lol, well this should be fun watching this all play out. A true shaman, or healer, would first off not be calling themselves a celebrity shaman. And would not be pimping themselves out like this. This is good for a chuckle, but discredits the many legit indigenous healers who quietly heal people, not looking for fame and $.

  28. EM says:

    This story is so ridiculously on-brand for Princess Martha, I love it. She’s actually older than her brother Haakon, the crown prince. Imagine if she was the Queen!

  29. Texas says:

    God. People are so weird. I’m up for that anti aging stuff! My atoms could use some rearranging. 😂😂

  30. lana86 says:

    He is a disgusting charlatan, I read his interviews how he claimed he can cure cancer etc…

  31. Jaded says:

    Anyone who limits themselves to working only with the rich and famous smacks of elitism and charlatanism. Shamanism is deeply rooted in the understanding of and communication with nature and the universal power that created it, and a shaman’s focus is to work with all people who wish to open themselves to that energy. It is for everyone and not simply to make a name for yourself and big bucks teaching only celebrities.

    I give him a huge side-eye.

    • Gorgonia says:

      This! I thought the same thing when I saw he practices only for rich and wealthy people. A true shaman is here for everyone. The love for money is strong in this one.

    • Shirurusu says:

      Agreed, it’s not the shaman bit that gets me, it’s the celebrity following… I really wonder if he would give two craps about Martha if she was not a princess, and rich, and just a random woman from Norway… then again I’m sceptical of anyone who voluntarily hangs out with Gwyneth… Tracy Andersson and her snake oil selling comes to mind…

    • Lillian says:

      In the most loving way possible, all due respect to many perspectives….a shaman’s Way is most certainly…not…to work with all peoples. To say otherwise is to be in danger of making an inappropriate fetish; I’ll leave it at that.

      • Lillian says:

        And you are correct; it has nothing to do with money/prestige. I’m calling out both sides here, for reasons. My longer comment didn’t make it.

      • Lillian says:

        And an awesome way to support traditional healers is to give to nutritional initiatives that focus on indigenous/rural/food deserts, lower-income communities and school childrens’ lunch programs in your area or thereabouts. Or take your old neighbor a casserole and chat. Thank you for hearing this shaman’s preach. Amen.

  32. Moneypenny says:

    So which is the better job title: Princess of the UK or celebrity shaman?

    • jen says:

      combined they are ready to take over the world! but now that i know her age, i’m more interested in her skincare routine.

  33. Lynne says:

    The Royal wedding will be epic… and I’m in! Lol

    • Ader says:

      Oh Dearest Gods (I’m talking to you, Hera and Dionysus — the two of you collaborating on this could make for something really special!): Oh please, please, please, PLEASE, pretty, pretty please, with a cherry on top, make this happen!!!

  34. Amelie says:

    I briefly went through Shaman’s Insta and there were some videos where you can hear snippets of his podcast. He sounds very… New Age is how I’ll put him. He has a nice voice and he could be a great orator if what he said actually made sense. But it’s a lot of words not saying much. I don’t know much about shamans but the whole thing just comes across as scammy to me.

    But hey if he and the Princess are happy and she’s buying what he’s selling, I’m all for it!

  35. Lillian says:

    Thank you very much for pointing this out about quiet traditional healers of many varieties- it is true, and respectful to their gifts to remember this. This was a reply to the last sentence of #27, jen’s comment.

  36. sammiches says:

    Martha, dear, he is a grifter.

  37. jwoolman says:

    I thought his mother predicting that he would fall in love with a Norwegian princess was a bit of a stretch until I looked up his ancestry. I also knew he had to have other shamans or healers of some type in his family if he was described as sixth-generation.

    His father was Haitian but his mother was East Indian/Norwegian. So he does have a connection with Norway. I wonder if he already knows some Norwegian from childhood?

    His great grandmother is indicated as the prior spiritual healer in the family (don’t know if paternal or maternal), and he supposedly started shamanic study at the age of 12.

  38. A says:

    Oof. Princess Martha-Louise is uh, something else entirely. I still remember her ex-husband coming out to defend her about the whole speaking to angels thing. I dunno what’s going on with her, tbh. But between her and her sister-in-law, I feel like the Norwegians have their hands full with their royal family lol.

  39. Catherine Page says:

    I’m here honking for a woman who feels like she found a guy who listens and openly admires her. My takeaway is that there is someone for EVERYONE, even people who unironically say things like “twin flame.”

  40. Jen says:

    I’m having “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” flashbacks. Oy vey.

    • Ader says:

      I’ve decided to revisit the “Lucia” books today and re-read some of the parts about “guru.” These two crazy kids have inspired me!

  41. Bichon Lover says:

    This is…nice. But if she was Martha Smith from Buffalo who worked at the Piggly Wiggly, would his grandmother have predicted their love with such clarity? 🤔

  42. Jag says:

    Real shamans don’t go on Instagram and world tours to tout their shamanism, imo. He sounds like an alleged cult leader to me.

    I see this ending badly. I’d be happy to be wrong, though.

  43. Robinda says:

    If half your announcement is devoted to defending the relationship, you may be making a mistake. Hope someone has a veto over her spending.