The mother of the late ex-husband of Princess Martha Louise of Norway has shared an emotional tribute to her son one year after his Christmas Day suicide.
Ari Behn, an author who shared three daughters – Maud Angelica, 17, Leah Isadora, 15, and Emma Tallulah, 12 – with his ex-wife Princess Martha Louise, 49, took his own life on Christmas Day last year.
His mother Marianne paid tribute to Ari on Instagram yesterday, marking the date as exactly one year since his funeral.
Sharing a picture of the sun set on a beach, she commented: ‘May your journey in the lighter dimensions continue to be blessed until we meet again’.
Marianne Behn, the mother of the late ex-husband of Princess Martha Louise of Norway, has shared an emotional tribute to her son Ari one year after his Christmas Day suicide
The grandmother shared a lengthy caption as she marked the one year date since Ari’s funeral last January
Posted the snaps, she wrote: ‘A year has gone since your funeral dear beloved Ari.
‘Memories from that day has merged with this day, where the sun has been shining after weeks of rain and fog.’
She continued: ‘It was good to embrace the beauty of nature remembering all the good times we all have had with you.
‘And also think back on the day of the funeral where so much love and support came towards you and us. A time of friendship and togetherness which we all are so thankful for.’
Recalling her son’s funeral, Marianne said it had been a day ‘where so much love and support came towards us’ (pictured, with Princess Martha Louise, Leah Behn and Emma Tallulah at the funeral)
She finished her post by writing: ‘It is all about love.’
The post comes days after Princess Martha Louise posted festive snaps of her family celebrating their first Christmas since Ari’s suicide.
The mother-of-three shared a festive selfie with her boyfriend Shaman Durek, 49, suggesting the American spent the day with the family, as well as snaps of her three children on the day.
She commented: ‘These Holidays have been a bit different from previous years, but we have managed to catch the Holiday Spirit too.
It comes days after Princess Martha also paid tribute to her ex-husband Ari Behn a year after his death (Pictured, Martha Louise and Ari Behn at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in 2015)
‘One of the most important things we have discovered being a family in mourning after Ari, the father of my wonderful kids committed suicide a year ago on Christmas Day, has been to welcome love, happiness, fun and games in addition to the sadness which you can’t avoid when in mourning.
‘If being sad and delving into the sadness and mourning is breathing out, the happiness, love, embracing the Christmas Spirit and so on, is breathing in.
‘As we all know, if we only breathe out, we die. If we only breathe in, we die too.’
She continued: ‘So we need this balance of the two and to let yourself have a break from the sadness, from the mourning, the tears and the darkness, without shame or bad conscious is really important.
Marianne went on to share a picture of the sun setting across a beach as she said it ‘is good to embrace the beauty of nature’ and ‘remember the good times’
‘Allow yourself to feel happiness, have fun, enjoy, laugh, connect and love through hard times.
‘Mourning is tiring mentally and physically and we all need breaks without shame or bad conscience to refill our vessel.’
She added: ‘So please be kind on yourself and see yourself from the love perspective embracing the whole of you.’
Her message comes days after her fifteen-year-old daughter Leah paid tribute to her father in an emotional online message.
Last week, Princess Martha Louise revealed further details about how her family spent their first Christmas on the anniversary of Ari’s suicide (pictured, with her boyfriend Shaman Durek)
Sharing a selfie with her 36,000 Instagram followers, Leah wrote: ‘One year ago today, my dad killed himself and it’s really been one of the hardest years of my life. But if you are alone and/or feeling lonely, I want you to know that you’re not alone!’
She went on to urge fans to seek help, posting several links to suicide prevention organisations.
Weeks ago Princess Martha’s daughter Maud Angelica, 17, paid tribute to her father in an interview.
Speaking to the Voici, Maud said her father was ‘someone who would stop in his tracks to chat with an acquaintance,’ and a man who was ‘genuinely interested in people’.
Meanwhile the mother-of-three also shared a selfie with teenage daughter Leah, who posted an emotional tribute to her father days ago
After the divorce Mr Behn wrote a book Inferno, which critics described as ‘oozing with despair and sadness’ and describes his struggles with mental health, headaches, hallucinations and difficulty breathing.
Promoting the literary work last year, he told Norwegian newspaper VG: ‘I am yesterday’s news, even though the world has not yet been told. I’m a clown, at worst. At best, I am a publicist and a public actor. For many I’m a fool.’
Princess Martha Louise has since started a relationship with her ‘twin flame’ shaman Durek Verrett, 44, based in Los Angeles, who she began dating after becoming his client.
Mr Durek, who is a close friend of Gwyneth Paltrow, claims to be a 6th generation shaman and be able to communicate between the ‘physical and spiritual planes’.
Days ago, Ari’s teenage daughter Leah begged followers to seek help and said she was ‘promising it’s going to get better’ in the emotional Instagram post shared to mark her father’s death