Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her husband Ari Behn have decided to divorce, the Norwegian Royal Court announced today. Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn were married at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on 24 May 2002. They have three daughters, Maud Angelica Behn, who was born on 29 April 2003, Leah Isadora Behn, who was born on 8 April 2005 and Emma Tallulah Behn, who was born on 29 September 2008. The parents have settled on joint custody and the children’s schooling will not be interrupted.
Princess Märtha Louise will live in Lommedalen and she will also retain the family estate “Bloksbjerg” at Hankø. Ari Behn will settle in the neighbourhood.
Princess Märtha Louise stated, “Life does not always go smoothly. Both Ari and I have experienced this. Most clearly, life has made some antics that we had never envisaged. These days we were mainly apart. We are ending the marriage but we are remaining together in parenthood.
It is unspeakably sad for both of us to discover that the road ahead does not go together in the way that it used to. We have, as so many grown apart – to places we no longer meet as we did before. It is terrible to experience that there is nothing more we can do. We have tried everything for a long time and we still can not be where we were before, making it impossible for us to continue.
We feel guilty because we are no longer able to create the safe harbour that our children deserve. But we hope and believe that we will manage to hold on to friendship through what lies ahead.
We pray and hope that we get peace in this sensitive process. Children need time to digest, grieve and find new footing – each one separately.We are just people, too. ”
The King and Queen stated,”There are many who are affected when a marriage is dissolved. It is painful and sad – also for us standing around. We are happy with Ari and we are grateful for all that we as a family have experienced together. We want a good relationship with Ari, also in the future.”
Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn did not want to comment further. They ask that the children be left in peace.