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Princess Märtha Louise celebrates Christmas and New Year’s in Los Angeles


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It was an American Christmas for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her daughters.

For Christmas 2020, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her daughters were gathered with the Crown Prince’s Family at the Skaugum Estate for a magnificent Christmas celebration. They also celebrated there in 2019, when large parts of the family were gathered.

However, this Christmas, the Norwegian Royal Family celebrated without Princess Märtha Louise and her children, who had made other plans outside the Norwegian borders.

Princess Märtha Louise and all three of her daughters boarded a plane to the USA before Christmas to celebrate with the Princess’s boyfriend, the American Shaman Durek Verrett, in Los Angeles.

Small glimpses of the Christmas celebration have also been caught in on social media. Durek has shared a photo on his Instagram’s story function, where he is seen posing with Märtha Louise, Leah Isadora Behn and Maud Angelica Behn. Several are dressed in elf costumes. On the other hand, Emma Tallulah Behn is not seen in the picture, but she was present.

Shaman Durek Verrett has celebrated Christmas in Norway twice, but this year, it was time for him to show off his Christmas celebration in Los Angeles to his girlfriend and her daughters.

Norwegian media recently wrote about Durek’s state of health and about how the Princess has shown invaluable support to her boyfriend. Durek has issues with his kidneys and must have dialysis several times a week. Therefore, he can not travel far.

Christmas gave a different meaning to Princess Märtha Louise and her family two years ago, when Ari Behn – the Princess’s ex-husband and father of her three children – died. Märtha Louise has been open about her grief also this year. Before Christmas, she shared a photo on Instagram of a Christmas calendar, sewn by her mother, Queen Sonja, given to Princess Märtha Louise in her childhood. Märtha Louise says the calendar contributes to light in darkness they can experience in the run-up to Christmas.

The Norwegian Princess’s daughters start school this week. It is, therefore, expected that they will return to Norway at the beginning of this week, but it is not known if Princess Martha Louise will return to Norway at the same time.

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.