Prince Nikolai said he was “sad, shocked and confused” after learning that his grandmother, Queen Margrethe, had stripped him of his titles “for her own good”. This decision was also taken for her two brothers and her sister and caused a shock wave in the Kingdom of Denmark where the Queen’s subjects are wondering if this decision is not a reflection of the disagreement that reigns within the Royal family…
The prince, 23, will no longer be able to use the title of Royal Highness. His two brothers and his sister were told by their grandmother, the Queen, that the removal of their titles would be a “good thing for them in the future”.
Countess Alexandra, who is the mother of Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix and the first wife of Prince Joachim, confided her disappointment to CNN via her publicist Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen. “She can’t believe why and why now, because there’s no good reason,” developed its representative. “She wonders why the change couldn’t have waited until their wedding day, when they would ‘lose their titles that day anyway’, a day that would have been happy anyway”she concluded.
Nikolai and Felix, both models, are from Prince Joachim’s first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
On Thursday morning, the Danish royal family hit back after Prince Joachim claimed his four children had only been given five days’ notice before they were stripped of their titles by their grandmother, Queen Margrethe .
Prince Joachim, 53, the younger of Margrethe’s two sons, said his children Nikolai, Felix, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, (two from a first marriage and two from his second wedding) had been “hurt” by this announcement.
“We’re all very sad. It’s never fun to see your kids get hurt. They’re put in a situation they don’t understand,” he said in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.
Prince Joachim, sixth in line behind his brother and children, was speaking outside the Danish embassy in Paris, where he lives with his second wife Marie and their children Henrik and Athena.
“All my family and I are of course very sad. We are, as my parents also said, in shock at this decision and the speed with which it is being implemented,” Prince Nikolai, the eldest son of Prince Joachim, told Danish newspaper Extrabladet.
The Palace said in a statement there were “a lot of emotions” but the decision was “long and thoughtful” and was designed to “secure the future” of the monarchy.
Margrethe’s other four grandchildren – Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine – born to her eldest son and heir, Crown Prince Frederik, retain their titles.
The statement also hinted that it was a move to shrink the monarchy – echoing King Charles’s desire for the British royal family and those of other European royal households.
Last night Queen Margrethe defended her decision saying at an event in Copenhagen: “It’s a consideration I’ve had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That’s the reason.”