Originally Posted by COUNTESS
The monarchies are not in control, their Parliaments, Storting or whatever their "real" governing bodies are. Prince Friso made the right decision, rather than fight, as he had a great wife and would never have been in line for the throne, anyway, by proximity. It made no difference, except for useless words. Prince Michael, was controlled by the Act of Settlement.
Most of his life he was second in line to the throne. Only a few months before his wedding he went down to third (which he was the first 12 years of his life as well); so this was after his engagement was announced and his niece still wasn't born when the couple decided not to go through with parliamentary approval - which I am sure they tried at first, he may have put up quite a fight during those months between engagement (June) and the announcement that NO approval would be sought (October).
Friso even famously said to reporters that they could do anything to his older brother as long as he was kept alive; otherwise he would have to be king!