Prince Consort Henrik: "Why should I be under my wife?". Photo: Colourbox
Speaking to Dutch public television, Prince Consort Henrik expressed his frustration and disbelief that Denmark refuses to recognize him as an equal to his wife, Queen Margrethe II.
“I have always said that I should be a partner, but I am not considered as a partner because I’m not on the same level as my wife which is completely ununderstandable [sic],” Henrik told NOS.
“All the queens in the history of the world have made their husbands king consort. Why should I be under my wife?” he asked incredulously as Queen Margrethe seemed to display a ‘there he goes again’ smirk.
Indeed, this is far from the first time that Prince Consort Henrik has aired this complaint.
In 2002, when Margrethe was too ill to greet guests at a New Year’s event, the Royal House opted to have Crown Prince Frederik act as host. Henrik, upset about being upstaged by his own son, vocally complained that he wasn't allowed to receive guests in “his own home”.
In a follow-up interview with BT, he said he felt humiliated to be relegated to third-place status behind his wife and son.
His interview with NOS revealed that Henrik still hasn’t gotten over it.
“That’s life, I accept it – no, I don’t accept it! I will never accept it,” he said to his wife’s laughs.
“Why suddenly [do] you have to copy an exception made by England 200 years ago? Why should Denmark copy England and not copy Spain or Scotland?” he continued, before Queen Margrethe gave him a tap on the back that seemed to be his signal to wrap up the rant.
The 80-year-old Prince Consort Henrik has long been the butt of jokes amongst many Danes who rib him for his Danish, which they say is spoken with a thick French accent.
You can see the clip (in English) on TV2’s website.