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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway criticizes paparazzi in new podcast


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In a podcast interview, Princess Märtha Louise has criticized, among other things, the paparazzi. In the Norwegian podcast “Tut og mediekjør,” Princess Märtha Louise was vocal about the paparazzi pictures taken of her with her partner, Shaman Durek, in Hawaii in February this year and the impact this had on her and her daughters so soon after the death of her former husband, Ari Behn.

The podcast examined the Princess’s relationship with the press. Princess Märtha Louise said: “The paparazzi pictures in Hawaii were taken without us assuming they were there. The press did not reveal themselves, they were far away, and we had no idea where they were or who took the pictures. It was very close to Ari’s death, and for the kids to see this on the front-cover week after week, again and again, was very stressful at this time.”

Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

It was the Norwegian magazine “Se&Hør” who printed the pictures from Hawaii in one of their February-issues. The editor responsible, Ulf André Andersen, said that the reason they printed the pictures was to illustrate an article over the speculation that the relationship between the Princess and Shaman Durek had ended.

Princess Märtha Louise continued in the interview: “Unfortunately, these paparazzi pictures are something that happens all too often. And especially now in this vulnerable time that I and my whole family have been in now after Ari’s death. It has been a lot and it has been an added burden.”

Ari Behn’s funeral in Oslo in January. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Ari Behn, the former husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and the father of her three children, died at the age of 47 on 25 December 2019. Ari Behn took his own life.

On Friday 3 2020 January, the funeral took place for Ari Behn at Oslo Cathedral. Many royals and members of the Behn family attended the funeral which was broadcast live on Norway’s two largest television channels. Present from the Norwegian Royal Family were King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Prince Sverre Magnus, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Princess Astrid. Prince Daniel attended from Sweden and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. Ari and Martha’s eldest daughter, Maud, gave a moving eulogy for her father at the ceremony.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.