Prince Joachim in shock after children's titles taken away with 'only five days notice'


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The Prince is the Queen’s second son and has revealed that he only had five days notice of the decision before it was revealed to the public. A statement from the Danish Royal Palace said that the monarch had made the decision in order to allow them to live their lives away from royal duties.

They said: “In April 2008, Her Majesty The Queen bestowed upon her sons, their spouses and their descendants the titles of count and countess of Monpezat.

“In May 2016, it was also announced that His Royal Highness Prince Christian, as the only one of The Queen’s grandchildren, is expected to receive an annuity from the state as an adult.

“As a natural extension of this, Her Majesty has decided that, as of January 1, 2023, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim’s descendants can only use their titles as counts and countess of Monpezat, as the titles of Prince and Princess that they have held up until now will be discontinued.

“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.”

Prince Joachim is sixth in line to the Danish throne and has has four children, sons Nikolai, Felix and Henrik and daughter Athena.

The royal palace defended the stripping of the royal titles as being “in line with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years”.

This could be a reference to the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children were not given royal titles at birth and the grandchildren of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia had their titles stripped in 2019.

However, the decision does not appear to affect the children of Joachim’s brother Crown Prince Frederik Christian, Isabella and twins Vincent and Josephine who he shares with Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.

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“They find themselves in a situation they do not understand.”

When asked on wither the decision had affected his relationship with his mother, the Prince refused to elaborate further.

He said: “I don’t think I need to elaborate here.”

The royal also added that he was only given “five days notice” before his mother’s announcement.

He said: “In May, I was presented with a plan, which basically stated that when the children each turned 25, it would happen.”

The Prince also pointed out that his youngest daughter would only turn 25 on January 11 2023.

However, while acknowledging the disappointment felt by her son and grandchildren, Queen Margrethe has doubled down on her decision.

Speaking to reporters as she arrived for an event at the National Museum in Copenhagen, she insisted that her decision was in the best interests of her grandchildren.

She said: “It is a consideration I have had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future.

“That is the reason.”


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