Wednesday 17 October 2018

Danish prince forced to leave Olympics and rush home due to father's health

The condition of French-born Prince Henrik has 'seriously worsened' (AP)
The condition of French-born Prince Henrik has 'seriously worsened' (AP)

Associated Press Reporters

Denmark's royal palace has said Crown Prince Frederik has left the Winter Olympics in South Korea to rush home because the condition of his father, Prince Henrik, has "seriously worsened".

French-born Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, was admitted to hospital on January 28 with a lung infection.

Crown Prince Frederik, an IOC member, was attending the Games which are opening later on Friday.

Henrik has often voiced his dissatisfaction with not being the queen's equal after she acceded to the throne in 1972.

Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog (Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Ritzau via AP)
Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog (Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Ritzau via AP)

In August, Henrik, who retired from public life in 2016, said he did not want be laid to rest next to Margrethe in the couple's sarcophagus.

A month later, the palace announced that the 83-year-old prince was suffering from dementia.

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