In Denmark, little princes relegated to the rank of counts

Is this the Harry and Meghan effect? Or the frustration of always having to be second only to his brother, the heir to the crown? Still, Prince Joachim, the youngest of Denmark’s Queen Margaret II, let his anger explode in broad daylight after his mother decided to withdraw her princely titles from her four children.

A blow that reveals the defects of a monarchy that was said to be solid, at a time when Margarita II, dean of European monarchs and the last queen in the world still alive, celebrates her golden anniversary.

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Since January 2019, Prince Joachim, 53, has lived in Paris with his second wife, of French origin, Princess Marie, and their two children, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10. Added soldier at the Danish embassy in Paris, gave his first interview there, on September 29, to the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet.

The day before, in Copenhagen, the royal palace had issued a brief press release announcing that from 1Ahem January 2023, four of the queen’s grandchildren, born Princes and Princesses of Denmark, would be demoted to Counts and Countesses of Monpezat, surname of their paternal grandfather, Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, husband of Margrethe II, born in Talence, Gironde , in 1934, and died in 2018.

Decision experienced as hurtful

“It’s never fun to see your kids being abused like this, especially because they don’t understand what’s happening to them,” she said. says Prince Joachim. With a broken face, he says that the plan drawn up in May required that his children keep their titles until the age of 25me anniversary. “Athena will be 11 in January”, he lets go Two days later, while walking his dog in Parc Monceau, Prince Joachim does it again. To tabloid reporters BT, he claims he hasn’t spoken to his mother since his announcement.

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Usually in the background, Princess Marie acknowledges that her husband’s relationship with his brother Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife, Mary, is “complicated to say the least”. And to add: “We always told our children that they should be independent and that they were not going to put [une enveloppe financière], but another thing is to remove a title”, she said, before slipping: “I don’t think it’s modern to hurt children. »

In her press release published on September 28, the queen explained that she wanted ” allow [à ses petits-enfants] lead their own lives better, without being restricted by the special considerations and duties that come with formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark, as an institution.”.

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