After the tragedy: Now reacts to the Danish royal family

The Danish royal family sends warm thoughts to the Norwegian royal family, after the 1. christmas day came forward that the Norwegian princess Märtha Louise's

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
26 December 2019 Thursday 09:00
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After the tragedy: Now reacts to the Danish royal family

The Danish royal family sends warm thoughts to the Norwegian royal family, after the 1. christmas day came forward that the Norwegian princess Märtha Louise's ex-husband has committed suicide.

Artist and author Ari Behn was only 47 years old.

The Danish royal family is deeply concerned over Ari Behns early death, and they send their warm thoughts to the Norwegian Royal family and Ari Behns family, says Lene Balleby to Ekstra Bladet.

See also: the Royal family in grief

Märtha Louise and Ari Behn were married from 2002 to 2016, and have three daughters together.

Ari Behn and Märtha Louise were married in 2002. Photo: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

the Message on Ari Behns death came 1. christmas day.

– It is with great sadness of heart that we, the immediate relatives of Ari Behn, that today we must announce that he has taken his own life. We ask for respect for our privacy in the coming time, said his manager, Geir Håkonsund, to the Norwegian tv-station NRK.


a Short time after, the Norwegian king Harald a press release, in which he described the family's sorrow.

'Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we take heating, good memories with us. We are grateful that we were allowed to get to know him,' says.

'We mourn, to our grandchildren, now have lost their beloved father', said the king.

the 48-year-old Märtha Louise is the mother of the daughters, Maud Angelica, 16, Emma Tallulah, 14, and Leah Isadora, 11, with her ex-husband.

Ari Behns former brother-in-law and sister-in-law - the Norwegian crown prince couple Håkon and Mette-Marit, also put the words in their relation to Ari Behn.

'For us was Ari a good friend, a beloved family member and a great uncle, as we shared many of life's little and big moments with.'

'It is with great sadness we received the message about his passing. We were all very happy for Ari', says the press release.

Also the Swedish royal family has sent greetings to the 'colleagues' in Norway as a result of the Behns death.

The Swedish Carl Gustav sends thoughts to his nearest, while crown princess Victoria and prince Daniel said the following:

- It is with great sadness that we received the message on Ari Behns passing. We are going to remember Ari as the warm, cordial and spiritual man, he was. It was an honor to be allowed to teach Ari to know. Our thoughts go out to his daughters and family, writes VG.

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Ari Behn broke through with the acclaimed story collection 'Sad as faen' in 1999.

Then, it was certainly not written in the stars that provokatøren, who had grown up in a marxist collective, should end as prinsessegemal.

not at all because he had shocked Norway by smoking a joint on Norwegian tv.

But he and princess Märtha Louise shared an interest for the spiritual and met through his mother.

- For me, it was love at first sight. I knew immediately that I had found the woman I've always dreamed that I would one day meet, and as I had been looking for. She is a beautiful woman with a very big heart. She gives love to the world, he told, as the couple became engaged in 2001.

Members of the Danish royal family was for many years close to Ari Behn. Here seen together with his ex-wife, princess Märtha Louise, princess Marie and prince Joachim of denmark to the Swedish prince Carl Philips wedding in 2015. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

From the beginning, they did things differently. Behn would not have a prinsetitel and does not represent the Norwegian royal family. Instead, he continued his work as a writer, just like his wife went other ways and among other things started a 'engleskole'.

14 years, he and Märtha Louise to be married before the in august, announced that they would divorce.

- Life does not run on rails. It has both Ari and I learned. But allertydeligst it becomes now, where life has made some antics for us, as we had never foreseen. In these days we walk from each other. We end the marriage but remain together in forældreskabet, lighted Märtha Louise, in a press release.

Märtha Louise photographed with her new boyfriend, shaman Durek, in Copenhagen. Photo: Ole Steen

Märtha Louise form the pairs with the controversial shaman Durek, who grew up in California. The pair celebrated christmas in Norway with her parents and three children.

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Updated: 26.12.2019 09:00
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