- May 19, 2007
- Frankfurt am Main
Princess Marie told BT that Princess Athena has been bullied at school since the royal house announced that she is no longer a princess: "Athena is bullied at school. They come and say: it's you who is no longer a princess ?".
"Athena says: What should I be called now? Why don't we have the same name, mother and father?' she says.
And she also says that it is not a question of titles but of the names of the children.
And he says that the children were publicly exposed: "The second is: the children were publicly exposed. In a very short time. That means that we, as parents, didn't have time to prepare them for the change and the reactions of the people".
Joachim is known to be very status-conscious and entitled, I remember that he insisted that his older sons were addressed in school as Princes, so I guess if the younger ones were introduced in France as Princess Athena and Prince Henrik, it's clear that they will suffer from this even though they are totally innocent of the situation.
It's their name but I agree with the poster who said that their parents failed them. This has been a long way coming, a clear thinking person would have anticipated what will eventually happen not only since May. But Joachim and his family, including the ex wife, were having none of it. Nikolai even building a modeling career on his name, see the hotel ad.
Even if the issue wasn't clear in May (at least for Joachim) he should have started to prepare everything, especially if his family was shipped off to France, knowing that his mother will do what she thinks is right and not necessarily care what people think of her decisions.
Henrik 2.0 is in full swing and will not let go of this issue, just like his father, who learned that hard way too about Margrethes capability of taking ruthless decisions for the sake of the monarchy.