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Princess Martha Louise and boyfriend Shaman Durek reunited after six months apart

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For Princess Martha Louise’s birthday, her boyfriend Shaman Durek has made a surprise visit to Norway. The couple has been separated due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and has not been able to meet for the last six months. The birthday visit was announced on her Instagram by Princess Martha Louise as she turned 49 on September 22nd 2020

Princess Martha Louise wrote on Instagram: “I love surprises. And the best surprise ever was you turning up for my birthday, Shaman Durek, after 6 long months of being apart. It has been so challenging yet wonderful to see how, even when not seeing each other, we have deepened our connection and understanding for each other. One of the main things this corona period has shown me, is that we humans are tougher than we think and can prevail anything, but it’s better when we have our loved ones close.”

Sham Durek posted the same photo of him and Princess Martha Louise on his Instagram with the following message: “I’m so happy to see you. It’s been really difficult for me being away from the woman I love. There were times where I struggled emotionally, however my love for you is enduring and I’m blessed by God to be with my angel on her birthday. Love you forever. Happy Birthday, baby.”

It is not known how long Durek will stay, but he will start his visit with a 10 day-long mandatory quarantine as he is coming from USA.

In June, the Princess posted a picture of herself and her boyfriend on her official Instagram account where she dealt with racism. The Princess then wrote: ” Being Shaman Durek ‘s girlfriend has given me a crash course in how white supremacy is at play and the way I have consciously and subconsciously thought of and acted towards black people. How I have taken my rights for granted – never looked properly at what racism really is, because it has been comfortable for me that the system is in place.”

Martha Louise of Norway is the daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja and was born on September 22nd 1971 in Oslo.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.