British Royal News suggests that somewhere in Buckingham Palace, King Charles III might be taking notes. The Danish royal family have said they are “in shock” following Queen Margrethe II’s decision to strip four of her grandchildren of their titles in the hope they will live a more normal life. Here’s what you need to know.
Prince Nikolai said he was “very sad” to be stripped of his royal title by his grandmother in his first interview since the Danish queen’s public statement on Wednesday. “We are, as my parents have also stated, in shock at this decision and at how quickly it has actually gone. I am very confused as to why it has to happen like this,” he told a Danish newspaper.
Danish Queen Margrethe Strips Grandchildren From Their Titles – Will King Charles Do The Same?
Nikolai said he was informed of the decision “a little over a week ago” but felt more upset after the public announcement that cemented the bombshell decision. Prince Nikolai and his siblings, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, will no longer bear the titles prince and princess, although they will maintain their order in the line of succession.
His father, Prince Joachim said the family were “all very sad” at his mother’s decision. “It’s never fun to see your children being mistreated like that. They themselves find themselves in a situation they do not understand,” he said.
From January 1, 2023, Prince Joachim‘s four children will be given the titles Count and Countess instead of Prince and Princess. Neither Prince Nikolai nor his father would comment on how the decision had affected relations with the 82-year-old monarch, who after the death of Queen Elizabeth II is Europe’s longest-reigning sovereign.
Queen Margrethe‘s statement on Wednesday read: “The Queen’s decision is in line with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years. With her decision, Her Majesty The Queen wishes to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being limited by the special considerations and duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves.”
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