Friday 20 October 2017

Prince Henrik of Denmark continues rant against wife Queen Margrethe: 'She's the one playing me for a fool'

Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik greet well-wishers from the balcony on the occasion of the Queen's 76th Birthday celebration at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on April 16, 2016. / AFP / Scanpix Denmark / Marie Hald / Denmark
Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik greet well-wishers from the balcony on the occasion of the Queen's 76th Birthday celebration at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on April 16, 2016. / AFP / Scanpix Denmark / Marie Hald / Denmark
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark attending a gala dinner for the Diplomatic Corps at Amalianberg Castle, Denmark, March 15th 1973. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband Prince Henrik, March 16th 1972. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Margarethe of Denmark (L) and Prince Henrik of Denmark arrive for the Prince's 80th birthday celebration gala in Copenhagen on June 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Scanpix Denmark/ MADS NISSEN
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Prince Henrik of Denmark attend Te Deum Thanksgiving Service To Celebrate King Carl Gustaf's 40th Jubilee at The Royal Palace on September 15, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik of Denmark emerge from the Cathedral following the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
A file picture taken in August 14, 1996 shows Denmarks Queen Margrethe with her husband Prince Consort Henrik in there southern France residence of Chateau Caix in Cahors
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Prince Henrik of Denmark isn't backing down.

Last week, the 83-year-old royal revealed he won't be buried with his wife Queen Margrethe (77), because he is still bitter about not being named king consort during their 50 year marriage.

His official title is prince consort, which is standard for his position, but he has hit out at his wife for not upgrading the title.

"If she wants to bury me with her, she must make me a king consort. Finished. I do not care," he told Se og Hør, while sounding like someone who definitely cares.

Portrait of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband Prince Henrik, March 16th 1972. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband Prince Henrik, March 16th 1972. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Henrik went on to cite gender inequality for her high position in the Danish royal family and he believes he would be shown more respect in a non-royal marriage.

"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."

A file picture taken in August 14, 1996 shows Denmarks Queen Margrethe with her husband Prince Consort Henrik in there southern France residence of Chateau Caix in Cahors
A file picture taken in August 14, 1996 shows Denmarks Queen Margrethe with her husband Prince Consort Henrik in there southern France residence of Chateau Caix in Cahors

In the end, he's issued his wife, and the mother of his two children, an ultimatum - either cough up a title or she's spending eternity without him.

"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. End of story. I couldn’t care less."

The couple are currently on holidays in France together and Henrik says they still "love each other", which must make for one hell of a dinner conversation.

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik of Denmark emerge from the Cathedral following the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik of Denmark emerge from the Cathedral following the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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