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Prince Henrik of Denmark’s condition severely worsens

The Royal Danish House has said that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark’s condition has “severely worsened.” As a result, Crown Prince Frederik, who was in South Korea to attend International Olympic Committee meetings and cheer on Danish athletes, has rushed home to be by his father’s side.

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.

On that day, the Royal House said in a statement, “His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has been hospitalised since Sunday, 28 January, at the Rigshospitalet’s lung surgery department to investigate a tumour in the left lung. Fortunately, the tumour has proven to be benign.

“Prince Henrik will today be transferred to the infectious department for treatment for pulmonary infection. Upon completion of his treatment, His Royal Highness will stay at Fredensborg Palace.

“In this regard, Her Majesty the Queen will take up residence at Fredensborg Palace today.

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, asked for understanding and privacy while he deals with the disease.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.