Well, this is some royally sad news.
Princess Martha Louise — who is fourth in line to the throne of Norway — is ready to divorce her husband of 14 years, writer Ari Behn.
According to a statement made Friday by the Royal House of Norway, the couple's split is amicable. Well, as amicable as a divorce can be, we suppose.
The parents will share joint custody of their three daughters — Maud Angelica, Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah. The girls will continue to live with their mother and attend the same schools.
"The children need time to come to terms with this, to get their bearings and find their feet," the royal palace said in a statement.
"We are human," Princess Martha Louise said, reporting that the couple had tried "everything in their power to make the marriage work."
"It's unspeakably sad for both of us to discover that the road ahead doesn't run as it once did. Like so many others, we've grown apart. We've tried everything over a long period of time ... but it's impossible for us to go on," the princess said.
"We feel guilty because we can no longer maintain the safe harbor our children deserve. The marriage is over, but we stand together as parents," she added.
Her parents, Kind Harald and Queen Sonja, also spoke out on the separation, calling it "painful and sad," while also saying they were grateful for everything they'd experienced together as a family, and would not leave their son-in-law out in the cold.0comments
"We'll continue to enjoy a good relationship with Ari," King Harald and Queen Sonja said.
Behn hasn't commented on the split, but will likely settle near the family home in Lommedalen, 15 miles from Oslo, so he can remain a part of the children's lives.