Crown Prince Frederik has returned from a visit to South Korea to be by his father’s side after his condition “severely worsened.”
The Prince was in South Korea to attend the Winter Olympic Games which get underway today.
He has already undertaken duties at International Olympic Committee meetings and was scheduled to cheer on Danish athletes, but has rushed home to be with Prince Henrik.
The Royal Danish House has said that Prince Henrik, the husband to The Queen of Denmark, has taken a turn for the worse.
Their full statement reads: “The state of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s health has unfortunately severely worsened.
“His Royal Highness The Crown Prince has thus discontinued his stay in South Korea, where he was in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. The Crown Prince is now on his way to Denmark.
“Kongehuset currently has no additional information.”
Rasmus Tantholdt from TV 2 News in Denmark reported that the Crown Prince is currently on a flight to Denmark.
The 83-year-old Prince has been hospitalised since 28 January in Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet after returning from Egypt for further testing. He had initially been in hospital in Egypt.
At the time, the Royal Danish House announced, “His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has been admitted to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen this evening. Since the beginning of January, the Prince has stayed in Egypt and was hospitalised a few days ago. His Royal Highness has now come home to undergo further investigations at Rigshospitalet.”
On 2 February, the Royal House announced that His Royal Highness had a tumour and infection in his left lung. Thankfully, the tumour was benign.
The Prince has been in ill health for the past few years. Just last year, the Danish monarchy announced that he was suffering from dementia and would further decrease his workload. The family, at the time, as for understanding and privacy while he deals with the disease.