Princess Martha Louise's daughter debuts colourful buzzcut

Princess Martha Louise of Norway’s daughter Maud, 20, debuts colourful new buzzcut ahead of her first art exhibition – as her mother praises her for ‘daring to be you’

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Princess Martha Louise of Norway has praised her eldest daughter ahead of a new art exhibition, calling her ‘the most unafraid person I know’. 

Maud, 20, who is fifth in line to the Norwegian throne and the granddaughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, debuted a colourful buzzcut this weekend ahead of her first public art project, set to take place in Oslo.

On Instagram, Princess Martha Louise also marked her future husband ‘Shaman’ Durek Verrett’s birthday by sharing a photo of artist Maud with the businessman. Wearing a checked brown shirt and multicoloured eyeshadow in the snap, the royal’s daughter is seen embracing her step-father. 

In another photo highlighting Maud’s upcoming exhibition, her mother praised her ‘relentless’ approach to her work, saying: ‘You are one of the most unafraid people I know. 

‘And it shows in your art, and in every part of your being, that you dare to be you – and that makes me the proudest of all.’

A proud Princess Martha Louise of Norway praised her daughter Maud, 20, over her upcoming art exhibition, calling the Norwegian royal, who’s currently sporting a colourful buzzcut ‘one of the most unafraid people I know’

Maud has previously worn her hair long and naturally brunette, but said earlier this year that she likes ‘wearing dresses and suits and long hair and short hair’.

Since, she’s dyed the buzz an array of colours, including pink with a purple star, green and rainbow. The 20-year-old appeared to first debut it in public in Oslo’s Pride Parade in June, where she had rainbow hair and face paint.

Princess Martha Louise, 52, who describes herself as ‘spiritual’ and claims to be a clairvoyant, will wed Verrett, who calls himself a ‘shaman’ at the Union Hotel in Geiranger on August 31 2024.

Earlier this year, Princess Martha made the decision to step down as a working member of the family – which she revealed has been filled with ‘turmoil’ (in a move labelled ‘Norway’s Megxit’). 

On Instagram this week, Martha Louise marked her fiancé ‘Shaman’ Durek Verrett’s birthday by sharing a photo of artist Maud with the businessman

Princess Martha Louise with fiancé ‘Durek Verrett; earlier this year, she announced she would step down from royal duties, in a move that was nicknamed ‘Norway’s Megxit’ 

Eyebrows were raised when the Princess first began dating Verrett, who holds some controversial and pseudoscientific views, including that cancer in children can be caused by ‘being unhappy’.

In an interview with the BBC earlier this year, she praised her parents, King Harald an Queen Sonja, for keeping the dialogue open while she made her decision and they worked out the details about how the arrangements would work.

The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, who she wed in 2002 and had three children together Maud Angelica, 19, Leah Isadora, 17, and Emma Tallulah, 14. Behn took his own life on Christmas Day 2019.

Ari had battled to marry Princess Martha after the pair faced heavy criticism because Mr Behn, a self-styled Bohemian author and artist, was not a traditional partner for a royal.

They married in a lavish ceremony at the historic Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim in 2002 but chose to flee to London ten years later following sustained scrutiny of their married life.

They began divorce proceedings in 2016 because, as Princess Martha said, they had ‘grown apart from one another’ and ‘no longer meet like we did before’.

The flamboyant European royal (left), who is fifth in line to the Norwegian throne and the granddaughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, said earlier this year she liked ‘wearing dresses and suits and long hair and short hair’

‘We have tried everything over a long period of time, and when we still can’t meet where we did before, it’s impossible for us to continue,’ she said reports Norway’s News in English.

In the BBC interview, Martha spoke about her first husband and the ‘criticism’ he faced.

She said: ‘His mental health depended a lot on him getting criticism in the media.

‘But I am not saying it was anyone’s fault. It is always how you handle criticism. The press took self-criticism after he died, that they were perhaps a little harsh towards him, and that he only received criticism and was actually a very nice person.’

After the divorce Mr Behn wrote a book Inferno, which critics described as ‘oozing with despair and sadness’ and describes his struggles with mental health, headaches, hallucinations and difficulty breathing.

Maud taking part in this year’s Pride Parade in Oslo in July; the royal’s first solo art exhibition ‘Experimentelle spirer’ has launched in the Norwegian capital 

New look! A photo shared by her mother of Maud in traditional costume when she was younger. Right: The new buzzcut the artist royal has been showing off on her Instagram account

Announcing the wedding venue for next year’s ceremony on Instagram, Verrett posted a professional photo in which the couple look loved-up, with himself dressed in a pink tuxedo with a sparkling button, while Martha opted for a flowing white, Grecian-style dress.

The Norwegian royal also discussed how her then fiancé’s controversial ‘views’ had contributed to how the public viewed her position in the royal family .

She said: ‘The Norwegian people I guess… have decided it’s best for me to step down because of his views about things.’

Durek, who describes himself as a ‘Shaman’, was dropped by his publisher shortly after the couple announced their engagement in June 2022 over pseudoscientific claims he made in his book ‘Spirit Hacking’.

Princess Martha Louise of Norway is set to tie the knot to her American businessman partner Durek Verrett (left) in her home country next August

Among the claims were that children ‘can get cancer from being unhappy’.

Durek has also claimed he once came back from the dead, recovering from a month-long coma, by letting his soul ‘burn’ and he has also spoken of having to undergo a kidney transplant from his sister as a child.

It is unclear why he needed the kidney or how he became wheelchair bound, as he has described. The illness which sent him into a coma is also undisclosed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Martha Louise claimed she first began to experience psychic premonitions as a child.

She said: ‘When I was little I would see things in you. If you were sad or if you were happy… if you had a pain in your shoulder I would get a pain in my shoulder.

The royal praised her parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, for always keeping channels of communication open and encouraging conversation, even in difficult times

‘And I understood that that’s a talent and, you know, I could help other people. And that’s when the whole ball started rolling.’

The princess said she decided she wanted to ‘earn my own money’ which she could only do by giving up her ‘money from the state’ and paying taxes for the first time in her life.

After giving up her position in the royal family, the princess revealed she has had to deal with ‘lots of scrutiny’ – particularly when she takes on new roles.

‘Everything you do that’s a first, that goes out of the box that you’re put in,’ she said, adding that press scrutiny has ‘continued’. She added that, in Norway, spiritual beliefs like the ones she holds are ‘taboo’.

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