Shaman Durek on His Romance with Princess Märtha Louise: ‘She Was My Queen and I Was a Pharaoh’
“If I skip down the street, she skips with me,” Durek says of his royal girlfriend. “What kind of princess does that?”
Shaman Durek, a spiritual guide to stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Nina Dobrev, has had an eventful year.
In May, the self-described “sixth-generation shaman” and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway announced their relationship. In a candid interview featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Durek addresses skeptics, explains the premise behind his new book Spirit Hacking and shares details about his unconventional romance with the royal.
“We’re holding the same frequency of love for the planet,” Durek says of Märtha, 48, who is fourth in line to the Norwegian throne. “And that is worth everything.”
The pair were set up by a mutual friend and instantly connected.
“She walked in and she said, ‘I remember you, I know who you are,’ ” says Durek. “I was like, ‘Yes, we knew each other from a very long time ago.’ It just came out of my mouth.”
Recalling the encounter, Märtha tells PEOPLE, “I came in the door, and I recognized him straight away. I was like, ‘I know you.’ That’s the first thing I said to him.”
Durek claims he once lived with Märtha in Egypt in a past life.
“When we’re together and I look at [Märtha], sometimes I see another face,” he says. “And she sees it in me, too. I have memories of us in Egypt, and she was my queen and I was a pharaoh.”
After their romantic debut, critics were quick to fire at both Durek and Märtha, deriding his claims of powers and their connection.
“I’m not here to tell [critics] that something’s wrong with them,” Durek says. “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.”