‘Infinitely sad’ Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has broken her silence over Ari Behn’s Christmas Day suicide, paying tribute to her ‘warm, funny, wise’ ex-husband online.
Princess Märtha Louise, 48, shared a beaming photograph of Ari on Instagram alongside a heartbreaking tribute to her former husband yesterday, after laying him to rest at his funeral in Oslo on Friday.
The couple married in 2002 and divorced in 2017 and shared three daughters together Maud Angelica, 16, Leah Isadora, 14, and Emma Tallulah, 10.
Addressing Ari in the emotional post online, Märtha said she and her children had been left ‘in deep pain and sorrow’ following his death, saying the family had been looking forward to spending Christmas together.
Princess Märtha Louise, 48, has broken her silence on Ari Behn’s Christmas Day suicide, sharing a heartbreaking tribute to her ex-husband
Sharing a post with her 150,000 Instagram followers, Märtha wrote: ‘Dear Ari, We were supposed to be together at Christmas and celebrating.
‘We had all been looking forward to it. And we are so infinitely sad and sorry for the loss of just you, because you were the girls’ warm, funny, wise and good dad that they so dearly miss.’
‘We miss the funny comments, your fine viewpoints, the poetic tone, the overflowing compliments, the great love you had for them.’
She went on: ‘Today you would have been so proud of them. But now there is a void where you were, because no one can ever replace you for our beautiful girls.
The mother-of-three shared the tribute online one day after Ari’s funeral, and said their daughters had been left ‘in deep sorrow and pain’
‘And it is so painful to think that you would leave the earth. We are in deep sorrow and pain all together.’
She went on to touch on Ari’s battle with his mental health, saying: ‘An invisible illness took you more and more, because that’s when the mental health fails.
‘For a long time, we gradually saw you disappear, but we held on to the belief that this would go well. Your family fought for you. They have been there for you day and night.’
‘You are and will continue to be deeply missed, Ari. And I feel sad that you never really understood how loved you were.
Princess Märtha said she felt sad that her former husband ‘never really understood how loved’ he was (pictured together in 2015)
‘I hope that we who are left can be good at praising each other and saying the nice words to each other.
‘For we have this life to share just how happy we are for each other and what wonderful qualities we see in each other.’
She added: ‘We keep you in love, Ari, and move on with your words: Every day is a party and you are a piece of jewelry.’
Former Norwegian royal Ari had battled against alcoholism and spoke last year about feeling ‘terrified’ with ‘devouring anxiety’. He made headlines in 2017 after accusing disgraced actor Kevin Spacey of groping him under a table.
She suggested she and her three children had been left ‘in deep pain and sorrow’ following Ari’s Christmas Day suicide
Ari killed himself just a year after admitting he felt like a ‘clown’ following the divorce from the Norwegian royal.
He separated from the fourth in line to the Norwegian throne in 2017, after the pair said they had ‘grown apart’.
Members of the Norwegian Royal Family led the mourners who turned out to pay their respects at his funeral on Friday.
The Norwegian royal family laid Princess Märtha’s former husband to rest in an emotional ceremony on Friday
A solemn Princess Märtha Louise was joined by Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Queen Crown Princess Mette-Marit and King Harald at the Olso Cathedral.
Ari’s eldest daughter Maud Angelica delivered an emotional eulogy to her late father during the course of the service.
Princess Märtha Louise, and her daughters Emma Tallulah Behn, Leah Isadora Behn and Maud Angelica Behn then proceeded to place flowers on the casket of the Princess’ ex-husband.