Dutch prince blasts he does not want to be buried with the Queen in snub to Royal family
A DUTCH prince is refusing to be buried next to his Queen when he dies in an all-out snub to the royal family of the Netherlands.
Prince Henrik of Denmark announced on Thursday he does not wish to be buried next to his wife, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, saying he is unhappy he was never acknowledged as her equal.
Henrik, 83, who married Queen Margrethe in 1967, was later named the Queen’s Prince Consort, but has repeatedly said he would have liked to be named King Consort.
The Royal Danish House’s director of communications told tabloid BT: ”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. This discontent has grown more and more in recent years.”
“For the Prince, the decision not to 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 retired last year and renounced his title of Prince Consort.
Since then he has participated in very few official duties and instead spent much of his time at his private vineyard in France, although he is still married to the queen and they officially live together.
In Denmark, a princess traditionally becomes queen, when her husband takes the throne.
It had been expected that the Prince would be buried next to the Queen, 77, who is to be interred in the Roskilde Cathedral in a sarcophagus made by Danish artist Bjorn Norgaard.
Born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in France in 1934, Henrik has two sons with the queen, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.
Prince Henrik’s anger at his title could be an issue that touches the British royal family too, say insiders.
It’s hotly debated what title Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be given if her husband, Prince Charles becomes King of England after the death of his mum, Queen Elizabeth II.
Many believe that Camila, who received public condemnation for her alleged affair with Prince Charles throughout his marriage to first wife Diana, Princess of Wales, from 1981 to 1996, could be called “Princess consort and not Queen Consort.”
When Charles wed Camilla on 9 April 2005, it was announced that she would receive the title “Princess Consort” and not Queen Consort when her husband became king.
The issue has surfaced once again on the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.
A resurgence of love and adoration for her has gripped the nation and worldwide audiences who eagerly tune in to watch documentaries and shows about her life.
An ITV show called Diana: Our Mother, by her sons, princes William and Harry attracted a UK audience of seven million viewers.
However, constitutional expert, Lord Norton of Louth, a peer in the House of Lords told Sky News that there is no doubt, that one day, Camilla, will be Queen
He said: “Upon the death of the Queen, Charles automatically becomes King – that is it. His wife will become Queen Consort, formally established by precedent.
“But if she wishes to be known by another title, that’s a matter of royal prerogative, so the monarch could determine that another style will be employed.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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