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The Danish royal family is torn over the forfeiture of princely titles

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In an interview with the Danish daily BT, the latter regretted on Saturday that he “unfortunately” had no news from his mother or his brother, Crown Prince Frederik, since the decision.

“It’s also family. Or what you might call it that,” he said in the interview.

Joachim’s companion, Princess Marie of French origin, also describes as “complicated” the relationship they have with the heir couple formed by the future King Frederik and his wife, Princess Mary.

“It’s complicated, that’s it. That’s it,” she told the tabloid, in an interview from Paris, where the princely couple live.

On Wednesday, the court announced that Margrethe II of Denmark had decided to withdraw their princely title from January 1 from Joachim’s four children, Nikolai, 23, and Felix, 20 – born from a first marriage – Henrik, 13 years old, and Athena, 10 years old.

They only kept the title of Count of Monpezat, named after their grandfather of French origin, the late Prince Consort Henrik.

“Whether we want to modernize or save money, we have to do it the right way. These are children,” Joachim lamented Saturday with BT

According to the palace, the goal of reducing the number of princes and princesses was to give them greater freedom to lead their lives as they see fit.

Departure suffered in Paris

But the decision aroused the emotion of the prince and the mothers of the children, who assured not to have been associated with the decision.

“It’s never funny to see your children treated like that,” Joachim had already told the Danish press on Thursday.

Aged 53, the youngest prince has been working for two years as a defense attaché at the Danish embassy in Paris, after having followed a one-year session at the Center des Hautes Etudes Militaires as a colonel in the Danish army ( CHEM) in Paris.

His French-born wife Marie had already revealed in 2020 that their move to France was not of their will.

But the family controversy had never reached its current level, just after the 50th anniversary jubilee of Queen Margrethe’s reign.

Very popular, the latter had to reduce the festivities on September 10 following the death of her distant cousin Elizabeth II.

The four other grandchildren of the queen, children of Frederik, 54, retain their titles but as adults only the eldest, Christian, will receive an appanage, a decision taken in 2016.

The dispute is the most serious crisis in the royal household since the one triggered by Prince Henrik in 2017.

Six months before his death, he had caused a scandal by announcing that he did not wish to be buried alongside his companion, expressing his bitterness at never having been able to bear the title of king.

The prince consort, born Henri de Monpezat and a former French diplomat, suffered from dementia at the end of his life.