Queen Margrethe II (82) talks about her hotly debated decision from last year. At the time, the Danish monarch caused a stir with the announcement that the children of her son Prince Joachim (53) would be deprived of the titles of prince and princess. In an interview with the Danish weekly "Weekendavisen", the monarch tried to classify this step towards her grandchildren. Above all, she did not want her eldest son and heir to the throne Prince Frederik (54) to be forced to take such a step.
"It's better that I did it," said Queen Margrethe II. Then it was "the old lady" who made the decision. In general, however, she is not interested in speaking about this topic in public. You could of course name the exact reasons, "but you shouldn't say everything". Crown Prince Frederik spoke up in a TV interview with TV2 in October and backed his mother at the time. But it makes him sad how the title withdrawal has affected his younger brother and his family.
There are differences of opinion within the family, but they want a "lean monarchy," according to the future king. His brother, Prince Joachim, said in a statement at the end of September that he was surprised and dismayed by the Queen's decision to give the titles of prince and princess to his four children Nikolai (23), Felix (20), Henrik (13) and Athena (10). revoke. Henceforth they may only call themselves Count and Countess.