The Danish mess: CAN’T DIVORCE WIFE, CAN’T KILL WIFE, REFUSE TO BE BURIED WITH WIFE!
The Danish royal family is complicated.
Marriage can be complicated, especially as little unresolved resentments can fester over the years. In this case the couple has been married 50 years, they are royalty from Denmark and the pique is seemingly final. Prince Henrik of Denmark recently announced that he has no plans to be buried with his wife, the Queen Margrethe II, as he has lasting resentments that he was never anointed as King Consort. Having been married since 1967, this resentment has only grown and deepened. Now he refuses to be buried with his wife.
RESENTMENT GREW OVER 50 YEARS
While no one is surprised at the sentiments or the Prince’s resentment at never having equal status, it is no small fit of pique to desire separation on the other side of death’s door. “It is no secret that the Prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy. This discontent has grown more and more in recent years,” the Royal Danish House’s director of communications told The Blot.
RETICENT QUEEN ACCEPTS DECISION, SAYS EVEN LESS
“For the Prince, the decision and refusal to be buried beside the Queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse – by not having the title and role he has desired,” the spokesperson told us.
The BBC reports that the 77-year-old queen is “said to have accepted her husband’s decision.”
Henrik, 83, is originally from France, and is reported to be spending most of his time at a vineyard there since he officially retired last year.
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In a 2015 interview with Le Figaro, he said he is angry and feels discriminated against. “Why be only a prince and merely a Highness but not Majesty, without any status?” the Prince said. “Denmark, which is known as a fervent defender of gender equality, would be inclined to consider husbands as worth less than their wives? How can we explain to younger generations the usefulness of the monarchical system?”
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According to the Danish edition of The Local, he expressed frustration about being passed over to host a 2002 event his wife’s absence:
“In 2002, when Margrethe was too ill to greet guests at a New Year’s event, the Royal House opted to have Crown Prince Frederik act as host. Henrik, upset about being upstaged by his own son, vocally complained that he wasn’t allowed to receive guests in ‘his own home’.
“In a follow-up interview with BT, he said he felt humiliated to be relegated to third-place status behind his wife and son.”
Queen Margrethe is expected to be buried “in the Roskilde Cathedral in a sarcophagus made by Danish artist Bjorn Norgaard.”