On Sunday, Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise confirmed dating Shaman Durek Verrett, a “spiritual guide” to celebrities like Selma Blair, Nina Dobrev, and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow.
“When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine,” she wrote in a lengthy caption. “@shamandurek has changed my life, like he does with so many. He has made me realize that unconditional love actually exists here on this planet. He embraces all of me without question or fear. He makes me laugh more than anyone, has the most profound wisdom to share and all the bits in between from the diversity of his being.”
The 47-year-old royal daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja continued, “I feel so happy and blessed that he is my boyfriend. Thank you my love, for including me so generously into your family. I love you from this eternity to the next.”
Durek shared the gushy snaps, taken by L.A. fashion lifestyle photographer Daryl Henderson, on his own Instagram page, writing, “I’m free when I’m with her, free to be me and love a women who is a bright light of wisdom and profound grace and immense beauty.”
The princess, who ended her 14-year marriage to Ari Behn in 2016, was reportedly Shaman Durek’s client before the relationship turned romantic. He claims the writing was in the stars, and that his family predicted long ago he’d find love with a Norwegian royal.
“My mother told me that one day someone from her heritage in Norway would find me and bring so much joy in my heart. I asked her ‘who mother’? ‘She said a princess.’ I laughed and said ‘ok a princess whatever mother your funny.’ Well she was right my kindred spirit found me,” he captioned the photo.
Shaman Durek’s feed is littered with selfies with a slew of celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, whom he calls his “soul sis.” Paltrow has featured him on her lifestyle blog Goop several times, including a Q&A in which he claims to be a Northern California native born to “an African-Haitian father and an East Indian/Norwegian mother,” who “began his shamanic studies at the age of 12—as the spiritual heir to his great-grandmother Mamal.”
In the article, he details his works with clients—ranging from tech CEOs to Hollywood A-listers to European—to expel negative energy and restore inner peace.”I am known by many as the ‘no nonsense’ shaman,” he says. “I’m not into fairy tales and fluffy bunnies. I’m into practical and easy solutions that are not convoluted, which is the basis of shamanism: I keep it simple and rooted in common sense. My sessions range from something as tame as just speaking and going through emotional transfusions to life-changing moments where clients literally puke up poisons, shake, and feel electric shocks in the body, detoxing on very deep levels. It depends on what the elders feel is most beneficial.”
His unusual supposed abilities and the ensuing effects (puking up poisons?!) have caused quite a stir on social media—and brought to light some contentious past remarks. According to Norway Today, Shaman Durek has claimed he can split atoms.
That’s not to say Princess Märtha Louise herself is without controversy. The royal was previously criticized for her friendship with a British clairvoyant named Lisa Williams in 2014, which earned her the moniker “Norway’s Princess of the Paranormal.” She’s also previously stated that she herself has psychic powers and can communicate with angels.
Her father, King Harald, addressed the new romance on Tuesday, saying that he hasn’t met Shaman Durek, but is happy they’ve found each other, according to Yahoo! News.
The pair are now heading out on a five-city tour together called “The Princess and the Shaman.” They will be giving speeches about “challenging you to expand your horizon and will give you some tools on the road so you can get deeper into an understanding of who you are,” according to a description posted on the tour website.