Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
He breaks his silence on the title withdrawal
Crown Prince Frederik spoke for the first time in the Danish title dispute. The heir to the throne supports his mother’s decision.
In the family dispute over the titles of the children of Danish Prince Joachim (53), his older brother, Crown Prince Frederik (54), spoke up for the first time – and sided with his mother, Queen Margrethe II (82).
“My mother made a decision that is hers alone, and I understand that,” said the heir to the throne on Danish television channel TV2 on the sidelines of a visit to a school in Copenhagen.
Frederik makes it “sad” to see how much the loss of the title has affected his younger brother and his family. “Of course that makes an impression on his only brother.”
The title dispute has not affected the brothers’ relationship
At the end of September, Prince Joachim expressed surprise and dismay at the Queen’s decision to revoke the titles of prince and princess from his four children, Nikolai (23), Felix (20), Henrik (13) and Athena (10). In a press release, the Danish royal family had previously announced that their children would only be called the Count or Countess of Monpezat from the turn of the year. From January 1, 2023, they will only carry the title “Excellencies”, no longer “Royal Highnesses”.
Despite all the public discussion, the withdrawal of the title did not affect the brothers’ relationship, according to Frederik. “I’m in constant contact with my brother, I’ve always been,” the crown prince told the TV station. However, he admitted that there was a “disagreement in my family” about the titles. But that is a family matter.
Crown Prince Frederik wants a “slim” monarchy
His wife, Crown Princess Mary (50), had already spoken out about the title dispute and also backed her mother-in-law. “In due course” the crown prince couple also wanted to look at the titles of their own children. The crown prince reiterated this: “I myself am interested in the Danish monarchy remaining slim in the long term, so I support my mother’s decision.”