Princess Märtha Louise has said she is ‘so proud’ after her daughter Maud was awarded a prize for bravery following her speech at her father Ari Behn’s funeral.
Maud Angelica, 17, delivered an emotional eulogy to her late father Ari at his funeral in January weeks after he was found dead after taking his own life on Christmas Day last year.
The teenager was awarded a prize by Tara magazine for ‘bravest woman in Norway’ of the year yesterday, and shared snaps of the moment on Instagram.
Captioning the post, the royal said she had been ‘blown away’ to win the award, writing: ‘Since I am a part of the royal family I wanted to use that opportunity and position for something good and also get some value out of the grief me and my family went through and help some other people.’
Princess Märtha Louise, 48, has said she is ‘so proud’ after her daughter Maud, 17, was awarded a prize for bravery following her speech at her father Ari Behn’s funeral (pictured, accepting the award)
Maud delivered an emotional eulogy to her late father Ari at his funeral in January weeks after he was found dead after taking his own life on Christmas Day last year
She explained: ‘I won it because I held a public speech at my dads funeral in January (since he is a famous author/artist in Norway, it was public) where I told him goodbye and honored him, but also talked about mental illness and asked people to reach out for help.’
The teenager said her perspective had shifted since her father’s death, explaining: ‘Hopefully so that someone out there can avoid the reality me and my family had to experience!
‘Or feel less alone if they already sadly had to go through the same thing.’
She continued: ‘I truly can’t describe or express how much this means to me and how much I appreciate all the praise and love and support.’
Posting snaps on Instagram from the award ceremony, Maud said she hoped speaking about his mental illness would ‘help others’ (pictured, with Ari and her sisters Leah and Emma)
Ari Behn, who had three children with Princess Märtha Louise, was found dead after taking his own life on Christmas Day last year
‘I’m so thankful I was able to achieve something and help people! I am just blown away and speechless.’
Her mother Princess Märtha Louise, 48, shared the same images online, writing: ‘I am so proud to be her mom.
‘I am so proud to witness that even in her darkest moments at her father’s funeral, she remembered to give love and comfort to others.
‘She actually saved lives that day and continues to push forward for a more loving world opening up the space to discuss mental health and normalizing it.
Sharing snaps as she was presented with the award, the teenager said she had been ‘blown away’ by the reception to her speech
‘We need to listen more to you youngsters. You carry a key to saving the world the rest of us have lost. Please continue.
‘And this is to all young people today: Please speak up. Let your voices be heard. We need you!’
The award comes weeks after Maud’s younger sister Leah, 15, shared an emotional Instagram post on what would have been her father’s 48th birthday.
In the heartbreaking post, the teenager shared a picture alongside her father and another of his gravestone, writing: ‘Going through something like this made me feel so many emotions…I felt so broken inside and walked around feeling like it was all a dream and this wasn’t real or it didn’t happen. But it did.’
It comes weeks after her sister Leah shared a heartbreaking picture of her father’s gravestone on what would have been his birthday