Princess Mary of Denmark Reacts to Queen's 'Difficult Decision' to Remove Grandchildren's Titles

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark shares her thoughts on Queen Margrethe's decision to strip four grandchildren of their current royal titles - and revealed their own children may not keep their titles forever.
On Wednesday, the Danish Royal Palace announced that the children of Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe's second son, will no longer bear the titles "Prince/Princess" or "His/Her Highness" from January 1, 2023. Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10 will instead be known to His Excellency Count of Monpezat or Her Excellency Countess of Monpezat. They will retain their places in line of succession, currently seventh through tenth.
The Queen's decision does not change the titles of the four children of the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine will both remain part of the royal family.
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Princess Mary shared the news affecting her niece and nephew on Friday as she attended the opening of the 6th Re-imagine Youth Mental Health International Youth Conference.
Princess Maria of Denmark
Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
"I can understand that it's a difficult decision to make and a very difficult decision to make," Princess Mary said, according to Hello! Magazine. “Change can be difficult and it can really hurt. But that doesn't mean the decision isn't the right one."
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While Frederik and Mary's son, Prince Christian, is second in line to the throne behind his father, their other children may not retain their royal titles forever.
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"We will also look at our children's titles when the time comes," said Crown Princess Mary, 50. "Today we do not know what the royal family will be like in Christian's time or when Christian's time is approaching."
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark and Prince Vincent of Denmark during the confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace on April 30, 2022 in Fredensborg, Denmark.
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Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Prince Vincent, Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Isabella, Queen Margrethe, Prince Christian, Princess Josephine and Crown Princess Mary
Although Queen Margrethe said she had been considering the move for some time and believes "it will be good for her in the future," Prince Joachim and other family members said they were saddened and surprised by the news. Speaking to a Danish media outlet, Joachim said he received the title change for his four children "five days in advance".
"We all are very sad. It's never fun to see your kids being abused like that," he told Ekstra Bladet. "They find themselves in a situation they don't understand."
Nikolai and Felix are the sons of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. Prince Joachim remarried Princess Marie in 2008 and they later welcomed Henrik and Athena.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Prince Felix of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark and Princess Athena of Denmark during the confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark on April 30, 2022 in Fredensborg, Denmark.
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Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Queen Margrethe with Prince Joachim and his family
Prince Nikolai told Ekstra Bladet he was "very saddened" and "confused" by his grandmother's announcement.
"My whole family and I are of course very sad," he said. "We are, as my parents said, shocked by this decision and by how quickly it actually happened."
Nikolai added: "I am very confused as to why this has to happen like this."
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Nikolai, who is a model and has walked the runway for brands including Dior, said he was only informed of the decision a few days before the news was made public.
"I haven't counted the days, but it can't have been more than a little over a week," he said.
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
Jacopo Raule/Getty Prince Nikolai
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The Danish palace also noted that "the Queen's decision is consistent with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years".
Sweden's King Carl XVI. Gustaf announced in October 2019 that the children of his two younger children, Princess Madeleine (who is married to Chris O'Neill) and Prince Carl Philip (who is married to Princess Sofia), would no longer be official members of the House. They retained their titles of prince or princess, but the titles became personal, meaning future spouses or children will have no right to them.
Prince Joachim of Denmark
Danish Prince (born 1969)
Margaret II of Denmark
Queen of Denmark
Princess Isabella of Denmark
Danish Princess, elder daughter of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Prince Christian of Denmark
Eldest son of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
Danish prince; elder son of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg
Princess Josephine of Denmark
Danish princess, youngest child of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Prince Vincent of Denmark
Danish Prince, third child and younger son of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Princess Marie of Denmark
Second wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark
Maria, Crown Princess of Denmark
Wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Heir to the throne of Denmark

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