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Old 12-01-2006, 11:36 AM
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Discussion About Frederik and Mary's Prenuptial Agreement

This article on Ekstra Bladet’s website, and also the tabloid news paper’s cover story today, says that the prenuptial agreement of TRH The Crown Prince Couple, originally registered on May 14, 2004, has been changed.

According the original agreement, HRH Crown Prince Frederik was obligated to buy his wife a suitable residence and to pay her a one-and-for-all amount of money, were the couple to divorce. However, according to the new prenuptial agreement, which was registered shortly before the couple went to Tasmania, The Crown Prince is obliged to do neither of those two things. It thus puts The Crown Princess in a less desirable situation in the event of a divorce.

The lawyer who drew up both the original and new agreements, Mr. Henrik Wedell-Wedellsborg, has no comment in regard to the changes made.

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Old 12-01-2006, 12:05 PM
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This article on Ekstra Bladet’s website, and also the tabloid news paper’s cover story today, says that the prenuptial agreement of TRH The Crown Prince Couple, originally registered on May 14, 2004, has been changed.

According the original agreement, HRH Crown Prince Frederik was obligated to buy his wife a suitable residence and to pay her a one-and-for-all amount of money, were the couple to divorce. However, according to the new prenuptial agreement, which was registered shortly before the couple went to Tasmania, The Crown Prince is obliged to do neither of those two things. It thus puts The Crown Princess in a less desirable situation in the event of a divorce.

The lawyer who drew up both the original and new agreements, Mr. Henrik Wedell-Wedellsborg, has no comment in regard to the changes made.

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Such an agreement has to be initiated by somebody, has to negociated by both of them and signed by both of them. if it is true, what did Mary have to win from signing?

It doesn't seem to make sense at all. They are both obviously happily together after signing. Thus, if it was signed, it was signed in agreement. Even if she firmly believed in the happy future of her marriage, Mary has a law degree. People with that kind of education don't sign their rights away if there is no need. So - what does she win in exchange that she considers to be more important than a house and a lump sum?

Sorry, but the way the story is presented I don't believe it.

Edit: I thought about the whole story and have come to the conclusion that it - if it is true - has something to do with the fact that Mary is the mother of the future king and going to be the mother of a spare - be he/she prince or princess. Maybe some changes have been necessary (I don''t think any newspaper will invent such a story!) to secure Mary's position or the Royal family wanted to make sure that in any case she would keep her right to a closeness with her children. just recently Christian has been officially added to the line of succession - maybe this means that his mother became an official person in her own right which might warrant additional rights and privileges in case of a divorce. I mean, a country that needs a special act of parliament to add the firstborn son of the Crown Prince to the line of succession could well have rules for the mother of the said child which need to be addressed in a contract? And it''s always better to fix these stipulation as long as there is love between the two parties - that very often helps to make sure that there is love forever.

Plus: what is a "less desirable position"? If you're of the opinion that a house of your own and a fixed sum of money is more desirable than, let's say, the right to have appartments at the Royal Palace plus an official apanage then it's okay to say that. But if you're thinking the other way round, then maybe the new stipulatioons are better for Mary.

I simply can't believe that in a country that modern when it comes to viewing a family and the rights of a mother a wife will be "rewarded" for her children with a worse position than she was in before she she even married or proved that she could be a mother. That simply makes no sense...
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:33 PM
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Plus: what is a "less desirable position"? If you're of the opinion that a house of your own and a fixed sum of money is more desirable than, let's say, the right to have appartments at the Royal Palace plus an official apanage then it's okay to say that. But if you're thinking the other way round, then maybe the new stipulatioons are better for Mary.
The “less desirable situation” was my way of summing up Ekstra Bladet’s conclusion, and thus not my own, but I see that it could easily be interpreted that way!

Whether the story is true or not, I obviously cannot say, only that it is on Ekstra Bladet’s and several other Danish websites. As to the presentation, I have simply presented the main aspects of the article which does not in any way give mention of new benefits for HRH Crown Princess Mary in the event of a divorce.

Moreover, an article at TV2’s website states that the fact that the couple has total, separate estate has not been changed.

Personally, I thought that they had maybe bought an estate on Tasmania in the name of Crown Princess Mary. This way, she would have a place suitable for a former royal, but it would also present difficulties if HRH Prince Christian was still a child at the time of the hypothetical divorce.

However, I think that Jo of Palatine is right concluding that the stipulations of the previous agreement are not necessary anymore, seeing that Crown Princess Mary is now the mother of a king to be!

And let us hope that the stipulations of the prenuptial agreement will never come into prominence.

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:09 PM
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The “less desirable situation” was my way of summing up Ekstra Bladet’s conclusion, and thus not my own, but I see that it could easily be interpreted that way!

Whether the story is true or not, I obviously cannot say, only that it is on Ekstra Bladet’s and several other Danish websites. As to the presentation, I have simply presented the main aspects of the article which does not in any way give mention of new benefits for HRH Crown Princess Mary in the event of a divorce.
Dear Lasse,

I'm really sorry if you got the impression that my thoughts were directed against your post. On the contrary - I'm really thankful that you informed us of this newspaper report. Please, keep on watching for eventual continuing reports of this topic as I don't doubt the RF will feel they have to say something about it when people could get the impression that there is "something wrong in the state of Denmark"...

Thank you again and greetings from your neighbouring country, Jo
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:54 PM
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This article on Ekstra Bladet’s website, and also the tabloid news paper’s cover story today, says that the prenuptial agreement of TRH The Crown Prince Couple, originally registered on May 14, 2004, has been changed.

According the original agreement, HRH Crown Prince Frederik was obligated to buy his wife a suitable residence and to pay her a one-and-for-all amount of money, were the couple to divorce. However, according to the new prenuptial agreement, which was registered shortly before the couple went to Tasmania, The Crown Prince is obliged to do neither of those two things. It thus puts The Crown Princess in a less desirable situation in the event of a divorce.

The lawyer who drew up both the original and new agreements, Mr. Henrik Wedell-Wedellsborg, has no comment in regard to the changes made.

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Interesting news, Lasse. Any ideas why the pre-nup has been changed?

Lasse, just read post #134 and I can see why the old pre-nup might have been changed. For one, as you stated, Mary is the mother of the future king! :)
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Old 12-01-2006, 05:38 PM
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Dear Lasse,

I'm really sorry if you got the impression that my thoughts were directed against your post. On the contrary - I'm really thankful that you informed us of this newspaper report. Please, keep on watching for eventual continuing reports of this topic as I don't doubt the RF will feel they have to say something about it when people could get the impression that there is "something wrong in the state of Denmark"...

Thank you again and greetings from your neighbouring country, Jo
Dear Jo,
I did not in any way feel offended by your post, but simply felt the need to clarify, both to you and to other posters, the fact that what I wrote was just a summary of a news paper article and that I was in no way expressing any opinions of my own - I would hate to have my opinions confused with those of Ekstra Bladet

And you can put your trust in my keeping on watching for further reports on this manner. I feel confident that Mrs. Lis M. Frederiksen, press secretary of the Royal Danish Court, will have a lot of phone calls Monday morning on this topic, and then, we will probably be further informed.

All the best,
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:12 PM
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This story was in the Danish news tonight; IMO, there was an underlying suggestion in the coverage that the divorce between Joachim and Alexandra had been a costly affair and that the DRF would probably seek to avoid anything similar in the - hopefully hypothetical - event of another royal divorce.
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:42 PM
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This story was in the Danish news tonight; IMO, there was an underlying suggestion in the coverage that the divorce between Joachim and Alexandra had been a costly affair and that the DRF would probably seek to avoid anything similar in the - hopefully hypothetical - event of another royal divorce.
Especially considering that Mary's position would be even more solid, regarding suitable place to live than Alexandra's, given that she's married to the heir.
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Old 12-02-2006, 06:28 AM
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Especially considering that Mary's position would be even more solid, regarding suitable place to live than Alexandra's, given that she's married to the heir.
Exactly. I really cannot understand if Mary should be put in circumstances inferior to Alexandra. There must be compensation somewhere.
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i read in a newspaper from my country that ekstra bladet was the newspaper to make this information public and that they had a photo of the legal document.

it also said that this are measures that the royal family decided to take after the divorce of joachim and alexandra. in their prenup it mentioned that alexandra may choose the house she wanted, which caused that joachim had to sell properties in order to buy the house alexandra chose, of up to a million dollars. it mentions that it's not like mary won't get anything if they divorced, but the house will be 'chosen' by frederik and so will the amount of money he gives her as a pension.
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:36 AM
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I don't know the danish law about the wedding agreements, but it seems to me very strange that we can change such agreement after some years of wedding only because an eventual divorce could be expansive !

1. Mary is graduate in law and has to know the conditions in which we can change some wedding agreement. If it's not her speciality we can think that she has her own lawyers.

2. The difference between Mary and Alexandra is not acceptable in law and we can imagine that in case of divorce Mary can be helped by some lawyers very acurate in this field.

3. As I don't know this topic, I stay a little bit astonished that the Royal House of Denmark could pretend to change a contract only because the first one could be very expansive in its occurrencies.

I find this event quiet strange and I have in mind the feeling that it's only to forbid Mary to ask divorce that this change had be done. And I repeat, to change such contact, you have to have serious reasons to do it legally. Strange!
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:20 AM
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I don't know the danish law about the wedding agreements, but it seems to me very strange that we can change such agreement after some years of wedding only because an eventual divorce could be expansive !

1. Mary is graduate in law and has to know the conditions in which we can change some wedding agreement. If it's not her speciality we can think that she has her own lawyers.

2. The difference between Mary and Alexandra is not acceptable in law and we can imagine that in case of divorce Mary can be helped by some lawyers very acurate in this field.

3. As I don't know this topic, I stay a little bit astonished that the Royal House of Denmark could pretend to change a contract only because the first one could be very expansive in its occurrencies.

I find this event quiet strange and I have in mind the feeling that it's only to forbid Mary to ask divorce that this change had be done. And I repeat, to change such contact, you have to have serious reasons to do it legally. Strange!
Though not educated in my country's law, I know that any agreement between two parties can be changed at any time as long as both parties agree to the change.

I still maintain the argument of #133 as the most plausible, i.e. that changes have been made, with the conscent of both HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Crown Princess, as a result of The Crown Princess' elevated status after the birth of an heir to the Danish throne. Thus, she is now a part of the Danish Royal Family, and will, unlike HH Princess Alexandra, maintain being so even in the event of a divorce. Hence, Crown Princess Mary is now automatically entitled to royal privileges such as appropriate housing (a royal palace) and apanage, which is why the stipulations regarding Crown Prince Frederik supplying her with said things are no longer called for.

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Old 12-02-2006, 11:01 AM
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^ That seems very plausible. Also, there might be some legal language that sums all this up in a simple way that we wouldn't understand of would gloss over if we read the new agreement. I'm sure Mary was making the best decision for her and the kids.
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It was stated earlier in this thread that Mary is a law graduate. That is not correct. She has an undergraduate degree in commerce and law which is quite different. Although her education involved some law classes - common in many business related degrees - she is in no way a law graduate.
You are totally right about the Law graduation of Mary, it's the reason why I didn't say she was a Lawyer ( I know very well the question, I'm) That I want to say is: as Mary know the mecanisms of the Laws, by the way of the contracts, If her ( and may be her lawyers) had accepted such changes, in this occurrencies very important it's for reason which have to be very significative to stay legal. Yes you can legally change a contract if the both parties agree but quid of the requalification of thi new contact in case of future quarrell ?

It's the reason why I ask to me what this kind of procedure means really whithout to have any words for the answer
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All I can say is I hope it [divorce] never happens for them as it is a most terrible business. I am not saying that I don't think it is a topic for discussion but I think I'll clock out til it's over because the reality is worse than anything. ONLY IMO.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:26 PM
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I would have thought that her limited knowledge of law would help- contract law is not that complex- BTW-I would also have thought that the Australian system would be like the British and North American system- anyone can just about get a degree but you have to have high grades to go on and do the post grad exams and articling. That is why many with law degrees do not pursue a law career because they are in actual fact not highly qualified. Remember all the unis want is to make money and hand out degrees to as many as possible.
Mary is fine- she would not have signed this contract if she did not feel secure.
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In regards to the alterations of the Crown Princely pre-nup, I don't believe its anything to worry about, or infact, cause concern. It is a precautionary measure and I highly doubt the Crown Princess would have been much fased by it actually. A lady of her obvious intellectual nous would surely view it as little more than an agreement by which she has all along consented too, and understands perfectly the contents.

Anyway, what's a pre-nup (whether royal or not) when your in love? Of course they are written for in the event that a marriage dissolves but I am (in my own mind) certain it shall never come to be used
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Remember these laws are written in DANISH..yes, she is probably quite versed in the language after 4 years or so, but laws in English are quite wordy and dense so add a second language to that mix, it might make it difficult to comprehend...

I think Mary has a double degree commerce/law...it takes about 5 years to complete because the degrees overlap...she is NOT a lawyer per se because she didn't do the appropriate bar exams (?)...but she has LLB nonetheless...
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Remember these laws are written in DANISH..yes, she is probably quite versed in the language after 4 years or so, but laws in English are quite wordy and dense so add a second language to that mix, it might make it difficult to comprehend...
Written in Danish but would have definitly been communicated through english, which I am sure was the case.

No one could have expected Mary to sign a document which was not translated (verbally and possibly on paper, even if only for draft purposes) into englsih for her benefit. Mary was required to understand the document in its full capacity before she signed, which would have demanded the use of english (that being her mother tongue).
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Hypothetically, if there is a divorce, and Mary choose to challenge the post-nuptual contract (since they've been married for many years, I think it's ridiculous to call it a pre-nup now), can she use the language issue? I assume she would have had adequate legal guidance before signing this document. However, assuming her lawyer is Danish and everyone spoke Danish during renegotiation, can she claim misunderstanding due to language difference and nullify this contract?
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