Princess Mary devastated after death of Prince Henrik

Marsha Scott
February 14, 2018

"His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died Tuesday, February 13 at 23:18 peacefully in his sleep at Fredensborg Palace", the palace said in a statement.

The prince passed away Tuesday night surrounded by his wife and their two sons, the palace said.

The controversial French-born prince had been diagnosed with dementia a year ago and was admitted to hospital in January with a lung infection. The royal was treated at the Rigshospitalet initially and later transferred from the lung surgery department to the infectious department for more cautious treatment.

The prince moved to Denmark in 1967 ahead of his June wedding to the then-crown princess, but found having to play a supporting role hard.

Sending love to the Danish Royal Family during this hard time.

The Royal House in September said Prince Henrik had been diagnosed with dementia.

Known for his love of wine and food, the Prince was also a passionate artist, producing several poems, sculptures and cooking books.

Born Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat to a family of titled industrialists in south-west France in 1934, the future royal spent the first five years of his life in Vietnam, where his family had business interests.

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Over the years, Prince Henrik made no secret that he desired a more prominent role and title although this was not possible under the Danish constitution that clearly states that the queen is the monarch.

He previously said: "My wife has decided that she would like to be Queen, and I'm very pleased with that".

In 2016, he retired from official duties, renouncing the title of Prince Consort.

Over recent days, Margrethe and members of the royal family have together or individually visited the prince at Copenhagen's university hospital.

Teased for his French accent and unable to understand why protocol required him to remain in his wife's shadow, Henrik never really found his place in Denmark.

He made headlines in 2002, just two years before Frederik married Australian-born Mary Donaldson, when he fled the country and retreated to his chateau in the south of France to "reflect on life" after he complained that he didn't receive enough respect in Denmark.

Some politicians at the time called Henrik's behaviour "tiresome" and "disconcerting", while the media had a field day with it, with one television show conferring on him the title of "Whiner of the Year".

As accomplished musician, in 2013 he collaborated with Danish pop group Michael Learns To Rock, playing the piano on a song they recorded for the king of Thailand.

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