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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway’s mother, Queen Sonja, says Americans ‘have no idea’ of monarchy’s importance

Princess Martha Louise of Norway’s mother Speaking after leaving her daughter’s royal duties.

On Tuesday, the 51-year-old announced she would not represent the royal household after “many questions from me and my fiancé’s role”. The mother of three, who is fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, got engaged in June to an American, Durek Veret, who describes himself as a magician and a healer.

Queen Sonja and her husband, King Harald, address the press after the announcement of their daughter. The 85-year-old said Americans fail to understand the importance of the monarchy.

“Americans have no idea what a kingdom is,” the Queen said according to Hello! magazine. “So, it’s no surprise [Durek] Didn’t realize

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Norway's Princess Martha Louise (left) and her mother Queen Sonja speak to the press after the princess announced her withdrawal from royal duties.

Norway’s Princess Martha Louise (left) and her mother Queen Sonja speak to the press after the princess announced her withdrawal from royal duties.
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“Americans don’t understand the implications here,” she said. “They don’t. He thought he could do whatever he wanted without compromising on us.”

The Queen said Durek, 47, is “a great man” and that her daughter’s decision to step back from royal duties is in everyone’s best interest.

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“Even if we disagree on things, we are happy with each other,” Sonja said. “I feel like the family is very close to each other now in a new, good way.”

The king said he was “sorry that the Princess will no longer represent the royal household” and “we agree to disagree.”

According to Norwegian reports, Princess Martha Louise is planning to relocate to California and stay at Durek Veret's side.

According to Norwegian reports, Princess Martha Louise is planning to relocate to California and stay at Durek Veret’s side.
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“We have seen this process from all sides,” said the queen. “It’s been a unanimous decision.”

In a statement released by the palace, Martha Lewis said her decision was made “to make peace around the house” in coordination with her parents.

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“I have decided that at the present time I will not perform official duties for the house,” she said.

While the princess would retain her title, the palace said she informed organizations where she still served as patron that she was leaving the role.

Princess Martha Louise is the mother of three and fourth in line to the Norwegian throne.

Princess Martha Louise is the mother of three and fourth in line to the Norwegian throne.
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“Maybe he thought he could do anything without impressing us,” said the 85-year-old Herald.

The palace statement revealed that the couple will “clarify the difference between their activities and those of the royal household.” They will not use the title of “Princess” or refer to other royals in social media or commercial activity. When he and Martha Louise marry Veret will have no title or representation of the Royal House of Norway.

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The couple, who have been together since May 2019, will attend family-related occasions and traditional royal functions.

Martha Lewis has three daughters From her first marriage to writer Ari Behn. They were married from 2002 to 2017. Behn, who accused Kevin Spacey of groping her, took his own life on Christmas Day 2019. He was 47 years old.

Durek Verret said that Gwyneth Paltrow helped him choose a ring for Princess Martha Louise.

Durek Verret said that Gwyneth Paltrow helped him choose a ring for Princess Martha Louise.
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Verret previously told People magazine He got the opinion of pal Gwyneth Paltrow On the engagement ring before proposing in June.

According to Norwegian reports, Martha Lewis plans to relocate to California with her children on Veret’s side. Verret is based in Los Angeles, where he has a celebrity clientele. Mahal did not say whether Martha Louise’s transformation would have any effect on her children.

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The princess has previously written books in which she claimed to have contact with angels. This decision would allow him to pursue other interests freely without the restrictions of being affiliated with the Crown.

Martha Lewis took to Instagram To confirm the news, stressed that the transition process has been smooth. He also spoke about his goals for the future.

Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn were married from 2002 to 2017.  He died in 2019.

Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn were married from 2002 to 2017. He died in 2019.
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“I am related to health and research and I have education in the field of health as a physiotherapist and respect school medicine,” she said. “I see alternative medicine as an important complement to school medicine.”

His younger brother, Crown Prince Haakon, 49, is the heir to the throne.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.