IT sounds like something from a fairy-tale, but Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is not only royal, but also, according to her, psychic.
In fact, the self-declared clairvoyant claims she was able to “foresee” her new fiancé Durek Verrett’s proposal.
But Princess Märtha isn’t the only one with powers, as Durek is a Hollywood shaman 'healer' who charges $2,000 (£1,760) a session, and counts Gwyneth Paltrow among his clients.
And it runs in the family, as Durek’s mother apparently predicted he would marry a Princess of Norway when he was 14.
Here we take a look inside their romance which saw the couple bond over their weird and wacky beliefs.
Martha Louise, the daughter of the reigning King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, and Durek announced their engagement on June 7.
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The romantic proposal took place under an oak tree at a friend’s horse farm in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Märtha wrote on Instagram that Durek makes her "heart skip" and acknowledges her "from my highest potential".
But Durek has said he had to think of “five different ways” to pop the question, in order to get around Märtha’s psychic abilities.
He told Town and Country: “We both have spiritual powers. If I have one single thought, she gets it immediately.
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"I had to think of five different experiences I would create for her.”
Märtha added: “Every time he planned something, I saw what he was up to.”
$2K sessions with Gwyneth Paltrow
Durek, born Derek Verrett in Sacramento, California, describes himself as a “sixth-generation shaman”.
He details his ability to commune with spirits in his book, Spirit Hacking, which discusses meeting high profile clients including Gwyneth Paltrow.
“When [clients] first come in, I usually don’t sit and say, ‘This is how it’s going to go.'” Durek explained to PEOPLE.
“I ask the spirits first, I go through their levels. I look at all the different things, if it’s their health, if it’s their emotions, if it’s what their thinking process is like.
“What is their evolution, what’s getting in the way, how do we shift it quickly, what’s the problem? And we go from there.”
He says the spirits then give him instructions on how to help the client, which can involve speaking in tongues.
Durek runs many lectures and workshops – which he calls Wokeshops – as a shaman, and also has a blog with posts discussing “Superior Humility” and “Grounded Guidance”.
He also has a program called 30 Days Strong, which he developed for people to "really step in and experiment with Shamanic knowledge and techniques that have been passed down through different cultures and experiences I’ve explored”.
He says the 30 Days Strong program helps people love themselves in "a bigger, more expansive way".
£200 spiritual medallions
There’s plenty of merch to buy on Durek’s website, including a hoodie for £41, and an £18 mug.
But he also sells spiritual ‘healing’ medallions costing $222 (£195.35).
The Spirit Optimizer – as it’s called – is apparently an “advanced spiritual technology for spirit hacking and optimization”.
He goes on to explain that the medallions are turquoise, which carries protection properties and a "deep power”.
Apparently, this medallion will boost your perception powers, including hidden feelings and messages in people’s words.
He also claims it will “assist in strengthening the organs, blood vessels and overall condition of the body”.
It’s not just Durek who has special powers.
Durek claims Märtha's are so intense that when she uses them on him, sometimes he starts crying.
He said: "I see things; she sees the blind spot of what I see. So when I see something in someone, she comes in and completes the picture from the other side.”
In 2007 Märtha opened a now-closed school in Norway “to help people get in touch with their angels".
She too claims she had a premonition of them together in a past life, previously telling PEOPLE: “I came in the door, and I recognised him straight away.
“I was like, ‘I know you.’ That’s the first thing I said to him.”
Derek added: “When we’re together and I look at [Märtha], sometimes I see another face. And she sees it in me, too. I have memories of us in Egypt, and she was my queen and I was a Pharaoh.”
Hitting back at critics
Both Durek and Märtha are used to criticism.
The princess was previously married to author Ari Behn, with whom she shared three children.
The couple, who wed in 2002, separated in 2016 and divorced a year later. Ari died aged 47 in 2019 after taking his own life on Christmas Day.
When Durek and Märtha's engagement was announced, some sceptical Norwegians claimed Durek was a conman.
However, the couple hit back, with Durek writing: “I’m not here to tell [critics] that something’s wrong with them.
“When people say things like ‘that’s not real’ to me you’re basically narrowing down your consciousness and your ability to be aware of what’s possible. You’re only seeing one angle.”
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Märtha added on Instagram: “It is not up to you to choose for me or to judge me. I don’t choose my man to satisfy any of you or the norms or boxes you have chosen in your mind for me to be in.
“I don’t thrive there, nor do I exist in your illusion about me. I choose from love.”
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