King Harald of Norway, 86, dismisses speculation he could also abdicate after Queen Margrethe of Denmark broke ‘invisible pact’ between Scandinavian royals

King Harald of Norway has confirmed he has no plans to abdicate after speculation he may follow in the footsteps of his former Danish counterpart, Queen Margrethe.

The monarch, 86 (who is the second cousin of King Charles III) insisted that the promise he made to the Norwegian parliament when he ascended the throne in 1991 was ‘for life’.

King Harald told Faktisk.no: ‘I stand by what I said all along. I took an oath at the Dump, and it lasts for life.’

It comes after Queen Margrethe of Denmark (83) made the shock decision to abdicate after 52 years on the throne, making way for her son Frederik to take over as king on January 14.

Afterwards, a royal expert suggested that the Danish monarch had broken an ‘invisible agreement’ between heads of state in the Scandinavian countries that no one would step down from the throne.

King Harald of Norway has confirmed he has no plans to abdicate after speculation he may follow in the footsteps of his former Danish counterpart Queen Margrethe

King Harald of Norway has confirmed he has no plans to abdicate after speculation he may follow in the footsteps of his former Danish counterpart Queen Margrethe

Queen Margrethe of Denmark (83) has made the shock decision to abdicate after 52 years on the throne, making way for her son Frederik to take over as king on January 14.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark (83) has made the shock decision to abdicate after 52 years on the throne, making way for her son Frederik to take over as king on January 14.

Roger Lundberg told STV that, after Denmark’s transition, there is a chance that King Harald of Norway and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, 79, could follow suit and step down to allow their eldest children to take the throne .

However, this has now been firmly rejected by King Harald.

The Norwegian king was 53 when he ascended the throne in 1991, following the death of his father, King Olav. Before that, he acted as Crown Prince Regent due to his father’s illness, which worsened in the spring of 1990.

King Harald has faced some health problems himself in recent years, spending time in hospital last May to treat an infection, but clearly has no intention of abdicating.

His Scandinavian neighbour, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, made the shock announcement in her New Year’s Eve address that she was going to give up the throne.

The Danish royal family has grappled with several scandals over the past two years, including the queen’s surprise decision to strip her grandchildren of their princely titles.

There were also rumors of an ‘affair’ after Crown Prince Frederik was spotted in Madrid with Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova, the monarch’s decision to step down could offer a much-needed fresh start.

But Denmark is not the only monarchy in the Scandinavian nations to have had a bumpy few years – with Norway’s royal family experiencing its own ‘Megxit’.

The monarch, 86, (who is the second cousin of King Charles III) insisted that the promise he made to the Norwegian parliament when he ascended the throne in 1991 was 'for life'

The monarch, 86, (who is the second cousin of King Charles III) insisted that the pledge he made to the Norwegian parliament when he ascended the throne in 1991 was ‘for life’

A royal expert has suggested that the Danish monarch has broken an 'invisible agreement' between heads of state in the Scandinavian countries that no one would step down from the throne.

A royal expert has suggested that the Danish monarch has broken an ‘invisible agreement’ between heads of state in the Scandinavian countries that no one would step down from the throne.

King Harald and Queen Sonja’s only daughter, Princess Martha Louise, who was fourth in line to the throne, retired as a working royal in 2019.

It was announced in 2022 that the mother-of-three would no longer represent the royal household in any capacity following her engagement to an American Shamanist healer who has been criticized for his controversial views.

King Harald said that Martha would not be allowed to use her royal title any future commercial partnerships with her partner Durek Verrett (47).

Shortly after the mother-of-three announced her engagement to Verrett, a Norwegian publishing house dropped his book ‘Spirit Hacking’ over pseudoscientific claims including ‘children can get cancer if they are unhappy’.

Princess Martha Louise of Norway announced her engagement to Durek Verrett in June.  The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, whom she married in 2002 and together had three children Maud Angelica (19), Leah Isadora (17) and Emma Tallulah (14).  They broke up in 2016, and Ari took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019.

Princess Martha Louise of Norway announced her engagement to Durek Verrett in June. The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, whom she married in 2002 and together had three children Maud Angelica (19), Leah Isadora (17) and Emma Tallulah (14). They broke up in 2016, and Ari took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019.

Queen Sonja of Norway, King Harald of Norway and Princess Martha Louise of Norway attend the unveiling of the Norwegian Trekking Association gift for the Queen of Norway's 80th birthday on July 4, 2017

Queen Sonja of Norway, King Harald of Norway and Princess Martha Louise of Norway attend the unveiling of the Norwegian Trekking Association gift for the Queen of Norway’s 80th birthday on July 4, 2017

Among his other claims, Verrett says he once came back from the dead, recovering from a month-long coma, by letting his soul ‘burn’ and he also spoke of having to undergo a kidney transplant from his sister as a child.

Following Martha Louise’s decision to step down, King Harald emphasized that his daughter had remained a princess at his request, saying: ‘She is our daughter, and she will continue to be. So she is Princess Märtha Louise.’

The princess was previously married to Ari Behn, whom she married in 2002 and together had three children Maud Angelica (19), Leah Isadora (17) and Emma Tallulah (14). They broke up in 2016, and Ari took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019.

Crown Prince Haakon, Martha-Louise’s older brother, is Norway’s heir – and the future king has already had a taste of what it will be like to ascend the throne after stepping in for his father on several occasions in recent years.