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Le Petty Prince: the Prince of Denmark refuses to be buried next to his Queen out of spite

Princess Mary's father-in-law is taking his grudge to the grave.

By Kate Wagner
Prince Henrik of Denmark has announced he won’t be buried next to his wife, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, because he’s still grumpy she never made him king.
The real stinger is that they’re both still alive which must make dinner awkward.
The pair married in 1967 and Henrik was named prince consort, but he was vocal about his anger at never being made king consort.
“It is no secret that the prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy.
This discontent has grown more and more in recent years,” the palace’s communications chief, Lene Balleby, told the tabloid BT.
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“For the prince, the decision not to buried beside the queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse – by not having the title and role he has desired.”
His tantrum decision has been accepted by the queen, Balleby said.
Much like Queen Elizabeth , Margrethe kept Henrik as a prince so that she was head of state, despite princesses traditionally becoming queens when their husbands take the throne in Denmark.
Prince Hekrik retired last year and renounced his title of prince consort, participating in very few official duties since then. In fact, he didn't even attend the queen's 75th birthday claiming he was sick, but was seen partying in Venice with friends the very next day.
He instead prefers to spend his time at his private vineyard in France, but is still married to the queen and, on paper, they live together.
The then-crown-princess met Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat when he was stationed in London as a diplomat.
On marrying her, he renounced his French citizenship, changed his name to Henrik and converted from Catholicism to Protestantism.
The pair had been expected to be buried next to each other in Roskilde Cathedral in a sarcophagus made by Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard.