The Danish Royal House released the following statment–
The Danish Royal House’s Director of Communications told a tabloid:
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. For the prince, the decision not to be buried beside the queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse – by not having the title and role he has desired.”
Prince Henrik has long been dissatisfied by his role in the Danish Royal Family, particularly at not being made ‘King Consort’ and his lack of official role. He has also spoken out to the media, saying:
For many years I have been Denmark’s number two. I’ve been satisfied with that role, but I don’t want to be relegated to number three after so many years.”
after his son, Crown Prince Frederik, represented Queen Margrethe by hosting an event rather than the Prince Consort. Prince Henrik retired from duties in 2016, announced by Queen Margrethe in her New Year’s Speech. Click HERE to learn about his life.
Personally, I feel it is very disrespectful to the Danish Monarchy and Queen Margrethe, the Sovereign for 45 years, that Prince Henrik has announced his decision to not be buried with his wife in the traditional burial place of the Danish Monarchs and Consorts. I agree that it may have been hard for him in his role, but to announce this change of burial plans is a callous decision with little regard for how it would affect his family and the people of Denmark.
UPDATE– Prince Henrik has given a short interview to a Danish newspaper. Here is an excerpt-
If she (Queen Margrethe) wants to have me buried next to her, she must make me King Consort, that’s it!
My wife has decided that she would like to be Queen, and I’m very pleased with that; but as a person, she must know that if a man and a woman are married, then they are equal.
My wife hasn’t shown me the respect an ordinary wife should show her spouse.
She’s the one playing me for a fool. I didn’t marry The Queen to get buried at Roskilde.
It’s my wife and not me that can do anything about this matter. If she wants me buried with her, she has to make me King Consort.
Yes, we love each other, but if she wants to have me buried next to her, she must make me a king-consort. That’s it.
End of story – I couldn’t care less.
I cannot state how low Prince Henrik has fallen in my opinion. He needs to stop his self pity immediately, apologize to his wife, family, and the Danish people, and accept that he can never be King.