Princess Märtha Louise of Norway gives up royal duties amid engagement to American shaman

The 51-year-old, who is fourth in line to the Norwegian throne

became engaged in June of this year to Durek Verrett

an American who describes himself as a shaman and a healer.

At least one foundation for which the princess served as a patron subsequently ended its connection with the Norwegian royal.

I have decided that at the present time

I will no longer carry out official duties for the royal household

said Märtha Louise in a statement issued by the palace.

to create peace around the royal household