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Prince Joachim: “The Queen encouraged me to move to France”

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Yesterday, Royal Central could report that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary spent their last day in Paris, France. They ended the night with a grand dinner at Paris’ City Hall with Prince Joachim and Princess Marie in attendance. During this dinner, Prince Joachim came with a shocking statement to the press that is now highly debated not only in Denmark but in all the Nordic countries.

This summer, Prince Joachim, his wife Princess Marie and their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, moved to France. Prince Joachim is currently undertaking the country’s highest-ranking military leadership training. The stay in France, which was announced by the Danish royal house in January, is scheduled to last until next summer. During these months, the Prince and his family will continue to receive an apanage, which has been highly debated in Denmark.

The Danish magazine “Se og Hør” had the opportunity to ask the Prince some questions before the dinner. It was then that Prince Joachim made his statement about his stay in France. The magazine asked the Prince several critical questions about his apanage. Prince Joachim has an annual apanage of 3,8 million Danish crowns, equal to 508,000 Euros.

The magazine asked if he thinks there should be a change in his apanage since he has left Denmark. When Prince Joachim replied: “You know what, I am here on behalf of Denmark. I have a lot to do here. And then I also want to say that I was strongly encouraged to move to France by the Queen”.

The fact that Prince Joachim says that his mother urged him to move out of Denmark supports the rumour that Prince Joachim is not well-liked by his own family. Some media go so far as to claim that they are trying to freeze out Prince Joachim. Danish royal house expert Søren Jakobsen told the Danish media that Prince Joachim and his family will probably never move back to Denmark.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.