Prince Nikolai of Denmark has spoken out against the decision made by his grandmother, Queen Margrethe, to remove him and his three siblings from their existing royal titles.
The offspring of Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe’s second son, will no longer have their titles of prince or princess or “His or Her Highness” beginning on January 1, 2023, according to an announcement made by the royal court on Wednesday.
They will remain seventh through tenth in line to the throne as they are now, and they will keep the seats that they presently hold in the order of succession.
After the revelation, Nikolai gave an interview and said that he was “extremely upset” and “confused.”
He remarked, “Of course, my whole family and I are deeply saddened by this news. My parents have also expressed their surprise at this choice, as have we, and at how swiftly it has really come to pass,” she said.
In addition, he said, “I am quite bewildered as to why it needs to occur in this manner.”
Nikolai, who is a model and who has walked the catwalk for companies such as Dior, said that he was only notified of the decision a few days before the news was made public.
On Thursday, Prince Joachim revealed in an interview with the same media source as his oldest son that he was informed of the title change for his four children with “five days’ notice.”
“We are all experiencing a great deal of sorrow. It is never entertaining to see your children be treated in such a cruel manner. They have found themselves in a predicament that is beyond their comprehension.
Shortly after the news was made public, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg expressed her thoughts on the matter.
“The decision has left all of us scratching our heads. We are heartbroken and still in disbelief. This is completely unexpected and out of the blue.
The children have a sense of social exclusion. They are at a loss to comprehend the reasoning for stripping them of their identities.”
The explanation that Queen Margrethe provided to the press on her choice is as follows: “I have been thinking about this possibility for quite some time now, and I believe that it will be beneficial for them in the years to come.”
This ruling does not affect the four children that Crown Prince Frederik, the heir apparent, and Crown Princess Mary have together.
Crown Princess Mary said that there is a possibility that modifications may also be made for her younger children at some point in the future when her son Prince Christian, who is now second in line to the throne after his father Crown Prince Frederik, ascends to the post of monarch.