Thursday, 12 November 2009

Ari Behn’s “new” grandfather has died

Those with an interest in royal genealogy may care to note that Ari Behn’s paternal grandfather, Terje Erling Ingebrigtsen, died on 2 November. Born on 11 March 1933, he was the great-grandfather of Maud Angelica, Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah Behn – fifth, sixth and seventh in line to the Norwegian throne. His funeral took place in Tromsdalen Church (better known as the Ice Sea Cathedral) in Tromsø on Tuesday.
It was only two months ago that it became known that Ingebrigtsen was Ari Behn’s biological grandfather. In an interview with Dagbladet in October Ari Behn said that it was when his relationship with Princess Märtha Louise (whom he married in 2002) became public knowledge and relatives began sending him old family photos that he realised that Bjarne Bjørshol, the man he had always thought was his grandfather, most likely was not the biological father of Behn’s father Olav Bjørshol.
Behn thought there was very little resemblance between his father and the Bjørshol relatives in those photos and last year a DNA test confirmed that Olav Bjørshol and his brother did not have the same father. Eventually it turned out that Terje Ingebrigtsen was his real father. Olav Bjørshol and his wife Marianne Solberg Behn visited Ingebrigtsen and his wife Helen in Tromsø, but it is not known if Ari Behn had the chance to meet his paternal grandfather before his death last week.

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