Princess Märtha of Norway Is Dating a Shaman—Meditate on That

Prince Harry surprised royalists when he began dating an American actress, now titled Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. But Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise just really upped the ante in regards to bucking royal tradition.

The 47-year-old daughter of Queen Sonja and King Harald V of Norway just announced she’s dating Gwyneth Paltrow’s shaman, Shaman Durek.

Princess Märtha shared the news on Instagram earlier this week that she and Shaman Durek, a self-described spiritual guide and gifted healer with a celebrity following, are romantically involved. The princess paired a series of photographs of her and her beau with a lengthy candid story about their love story.

“When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine,” the princess began.

She went on to explain their path to love, writing, “@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.” As a professed sixth generation shaman, Shaman Durek knows a thing or two about eternity. 

Princess Märtha then took aim at critics of their relationship: “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.”

She ended her note saying, “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.”

The couple even launched a new self-discovery workshop and speaking engagement series aptly called The Princess and the Shaman. The website explains that their series promises to teach guests to tap into their “true powers through meditations and shamanic exercises.”

Now that’s what we call a new-age fairy tale. 


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