Princess Martha Louise of Norway announced her divorce from her husband of fourteen years, Ari Behn, back in August. The royal has now opened up about the emotional decision for the first time since the couple announced their decision to split.
The 44-year-old took to centre of alternative therapies site Soulspring, which she co-founded with business partner Elisabeth Nordeng back in 2007, to speak about her experience with the divorce, and to offer help to those who are going through similar situations.
She said: "I have the position I have in Norway, which means I have to share the things happening in my life whether positive or negative and, as you know, I'm going through a divorce, which is a very painful period in my life.
"You can work at being more honest with yourself, and then deal directly with your unique and deep feelings. Of course, it is difficult and tedious, but it also means that you can process it and recover faster…Without that knowledge, I would not be here now."
The couple, who share three daughters; Maud Angelica, 14, Leah Isadora, 11, and seven-year-old Emma Tallulah, announced their split in a candid statement, saying: "Life does not always go smoothly. Both Ari and I have experienced this…These days we were mainly apart. We are ending the marriage but we are remaining together in parenthood.
"We have tried everything for a long time and we still cannot be where we were before, making it impossible for us to continue. We feel guilty because we are no longer able to create the safe harbour that our children deserve. But we hope and believe that we will manage to hold on to friendship through what lies ahead."