Friday, 17 August, 2018

Denmark's Prince Henrik refuses to be buried beside his wife, Queen Margrethe

Crown Princess Mary with her father-in-law Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark Denmark's Prince Henrik refuses to be buried beside his wife, Queen Margrethe
Ellis Copeland | 05 August, 2017, 01:14

The refusal stems from the fact that the 83-year-old prince has been unhappy for quite some time - since the royal couple's marriage 1967, to be precise, with his title - prince consort, as opposed to king consort.

"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", Balleby told the Danish newspaper B.T. His decision means that he will not be buried at the Roskilde Cathedral, where Queen Margrethe will be laid to rest, noted the broadcaster. "The prince therefore wants to be buried in Denmark, but the details have not been settled yet", Balleby said.

"I have always said that I should be a partner, but I am not considered as a partner because I'm not on the same level as my wife which is completely un-understandable [sic]", Prince Henrik told public broadcaster NOS, according to The Local. "Denmark, which is otherwise known as an avid defender of gender equality, is apparently willing to consider husbands as worth less than their wives".

The palace said on Thursday that Margrethe, 77, has accepted Henrik's decision, adding that it didn't change her burial plans.

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But he was never upgraded from Prince Consort to King Consort and it is clearly a grudge that he intends to take to the grave... literally.

Disappointed that his royal title of prince consort was never changed to king when his wife became queen in 1972, Henrik has often spoken out about his discontent, which did little to endear him to his subjects. His name was Danicised to Henrik.

This is not the first time Henrik has lamented his position in the royal household. They have two children - Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

He "loves Denmark and worked for Denmark for more than 50 years". Now imagine being that mad at your wife but also your wife is the Queen of Denmark and you are the Prince. The author of his biography, 'Prince Henrik: A Portrait of a Loner' (I'm not even kidding) told the New York Times that the first hint came around his 50th birthday (in 1984), when he told a TV station that "he found it hard to ask his wife for pocket money for cigarettes".

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