Thursday, August 3, 2017
Another nail in the coffin for Prince Henrik
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Prince Henrik, the outspoken and insecure consort of Queen Margrethe II, has done it again.
Earlier today, the Palace issued a statement regarding Henrik's burial wish. He does not wish to be buried in Roskilde Cathedral with his wife because he isn't king.
The French-born Henrik, 83, retired from official duties in 2016. This announcement was made by Queen Margrethe II in a speech on December 31, 2015. His retirement was effective from January 1, 2016. Four and a half months later, on April 16, Henrik renounced his title of Prince Consort, which he had received in 2006.
I am going to say this straight out: Prince Henrik is a pompous and petulant old man with little regard or appreciation for his wife, who happens to be the Sovereign, the head of state, of Denmark, or his son, Crown Prince Frederik, the heir apparent.
In 2002, Henrik had a temper tantrum and decided to leave Denmark and spend a few weeks at the family home in Caix, France. The reason for his foot-stamping exit was due to the fact that Crown Prince Frederik was named as host of the annual New Year's Day reception in place of Queen Margrethe, who was unable to attend.
Henrik was furious that his son was asked to step in for the Queen. Henrik felt that he, the consort, should have been the one. He probably ordered his bags to be packed, got a plane ticket and flew to France to sulk and drown his sorrows with a bottle of good wine from his estate.
After his return to Denmark in the middle of February, Henrik said he "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated", and he had lost his self-respect.
"For many years I have been Denmark's number two," he said. "I've been satisfied with that role, but I don't want to be relegated to number three after so many years."
Dude: your son is the heir to the throne. You are not the star of the show. Your wife is the Head of State. She is the one with constitutional. The spouse of the sovereign has no constitutional role, so regardless of the title, the spouse of the Sovereign will not have the same rank, position or role. Got it.
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"The royal house has today announced that his Royal Highness Prince Henrik does not want to be buried in Roskilde Cathedral, as it has otherwise been planned.
The Prince's decision implies that the Prince will not lie next to her Majesty Queen under the sarcophagus that Professor and sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard has prepared.
The Queen has for some time been familiar with the decision of the Royal Highness and agrees with the decision. The Prince's decision does not change the Queen's funeral plans.
It has been promoted in the media that the Prince wants to be buried in France. This is not correct. The prince still wishes to be buried in Denmark, but the circumstances are not yet in place. "
Seriously, Henrik, do you dislike your wife so much that you do not wish to be buried with her because you cannot have the title king? Time to stop the petulance. Take a look across the North Sea to the United Kingdom, and how the Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, has handled being a Prince without the official title of Prince Consort. Did you follow the news yesterday of the dignified retirement. Talk about service to one's country and one's sovereign. Of course, in precedence, the Duke of Edinburgh has precedence over his son, the Prince of Wales. He does not have temper tantrums when the Prince of Wales has filled in for the Queen. Why? Charles is the heir apparent. It is called learning the job.
Lene Balleby, the Danish royal house's communication manager, spoke to the Danish newspaper, BT, about Henrik's decision.
It is true that Prince Henrik has decided that he will not be buried in Roskilde Cathedral as planned. It's no secret that for many years the prince has been dissatisfied with his role and the title he has received in the Danish monarchy. The dissatisfaction has increased in recent years. For the prince, the decision to not be buried beside the queen is the natural consequence of not have been treated equally in relation to his spouse -- not having the title and function he desires."
In other words, Prince Henrik believes he does not believe he should be with the queen in death when he has not been a king in life.
Balleby added: "The Prince loves Denmark and has worked for Denmark for more than 50 years. Therefore, the prince will also be buried in Denmark, but the plans for his burial are not yet in place. Queen Margrethe has known for a long time about the the prince's decision and agrees with it.
"Of course, it's a decision that the queen probably did not like, but she has known about it for a long time, so the news has not come as a surprise. The announcement does not meant that their vacation plans in France have changed."
Balleby also reiterated that Margrethe and Henrik are not getting a divorce, or that she plans to abdicate because of Henrik's "far-reaching decision."
"This has no consequence for the Queen's work," said Balleby.
The palace spokesman also responded to a question on why Henrik's wishes were not granted. "Prince Henrik has his own court, but in terms of the title issue, we chose to the follow the European tradition that has been applicable in England and the Netherlands. The couple's professional activities and their marriage are two different things."
Good spin, but I think Henrik's decision is yet another knife in the Queen's heart.