In Denmark the little princes relegated them to the rank of counts

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

A coup that reveals the flaws of a monarchy that was said to be solid, at a time when Margrethe II, dean of European monarchs and the last queen of the world still alive, is celebrating her golden jubilee.

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

The day before, in Copenhagen, the royal palace had issued a short communiqué announcing that from 1uh January 2023 four of the queen’s grandchildren, born princes and princesses of Denmark, would be demoted to Counts and Countess of Monpezat – the 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 harmful

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

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Usually in the background, Princess Marie acknowledges that her husband’s relationship with her brother, Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Mary, of Australian descent, is “complicated to say the least”. And to add: “We have always told our children that they should have been independent and that they would not have obtained [une enveloppe financière], but it’s another thing to remove a title “, he 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 to ” to allow [à ses petits-enfants] lead your life better, without being limited by the special considerations and duties that formal affiliation to the Royal House of Denmark, as an institution, entails “.

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