Princess Märtha Louise’s former husband, writer Ari Behn, was found dead in his home on Christmas Day, aged 47.

Ari Behn attending Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s wedding to Christopher O’Neill in 2013. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Police were called to his home at 4.47 pm (local time).

However, his family released a statement to Norwegian media, ‘It is with great sadness in our hearts that we, the family of Ari Behn, must announce that he took his own life today.’

Ari Behn married the princess in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on 24 May 2002 and the couple had three daughters, Maud Angelica (born 2003), Leah Isadora (born 2005) and Emma Tallulah Behn (born 2008).

However, he remained an untitled commoner, despite marrying into the Royal Family.

Ari has two younger siblings, Anja Sabrina and Espen.

The couple separated in 2016, then divorced in 2017.

Ari achieved literary success with his first collection of short stories, Trist som faen (Sad as hell), published in 1999.

He also wrote two novels, co-authored a book with his ex-wife about their wedding and has participated in other creative projects including writing a play, Workout, in 2011 and a book focusing on mental health issues in 2018.

The Royal Court issued statements as the Royal Family expressed their grief regarding this tragic event.

King Harald

King Harald V expressed his grief through the following statement last night:

Hosts King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway are seeking a new apprentice gardener. Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs/The Royal Court.

‘It is with great sorrow that the Queen and I have learned of the death of Ari Behn. Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we will bring many warm, good memories of him forward with us. We are grateful that we had the chance to know him. We grieve for our grandchildren, who have lost their beloved father, and extend our deepest sympathy to his parents and siblings, who have lost a dear son and brother. We ask that respect be shown for the privacy of Ari’s closest family in this difficult time.’

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princes Mette-Marit, published 15 January 2016. Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court.

Norway’s Crown Prince Couple made the following announcement:

‘It is with great sorrow that the Queen and I have learned of the death of Ari Behn. Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we will bring many warm, good memories of him forward with us. We are grateful that we had the chance to know him. We grieve for our grandchildren, who have lost their beloved father, and extend our deepest sympathy to his parents and siblings, who have lost a dear son and brother. We ask that respect be shown for the privacy of Ari’s closest family in this difficult time.’

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