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King Charles watches Queen Margrethe remove her grandchildren's titles.

King Charles watches Queen Margrethe remove her grandchildren’s titles.

A royal expert told Insider that King Charles III is watching how the Danish queen’s decision to take away the royal titles of some of her grandchildren plays out because he is thinking about changing how the British monarchy works.

Queen Margrethe II said on Wednesday that four of her eight grandchildren won’t be able to call themselves princes and princesses after January 20, 2023. 

After Queen Elizabeth II died, Margrethe became the monarch in Europe who had been in charge the longest. In a press release on the official royal website of Denmark, she said this: In her statement, she made it clear that her decision was “in line” with what other royal houses are doing to shrink their monarchies.

It’s not clear which royal houses she was talking about, but it has been said for a long time that Charles wants a “slimmed down” British monarchy. Charles wants to reduce the number of royals in the UK from 22 to seven, which would include himself, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

The Insider asked both the Danish royal family and Buckingham Palace for a comment, but neither of them got back to us right away. Marlene Koenig, an expert on British and European royalty, told Insider that Charles and his team will probably watch how Margrethe’s decision plays out after she makes her announcement.

The queen’s decision will affect Nikolai, 23, Felix, 10, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10. They are Margrethe’s youngest sons. He told the Danish media that the news made him sad. “Sadness is felt by everyone.” “It’s never fun to see your kids mistreated like that,” he told Ekstra Bladet on Thursday. “They put themselves in a situation they don’t understand.”

His son, Joachim, told the Danish paper B.T. that his children were “upset” by his mother’s decision. “Why should their names be changed?” he asked. “Why must they be punished in that way? “Charles and his advisors are watching what’s going on,” Koenig said. One would hope that if he does a surgical strike and takes away royal titles from, say, the York princesses, he would talk to them first.

Koenig mentioned Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, who are Charles’ nieces through his brother, Prince Andrew. Archie and Lilibet, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were technically allowed to use royal titles after Queen Elizabeth II died, but they are also at risk of losing them. 

Charles is taking notice, according to royal expert Marlene Koenig

According to Today and a report by Samantha Grindell of Insider, King George V’s Letters Patent from 1917 says that the monarch’s children and grandchildren can use the titles because they are their direct descendants. On the website for the British royal family, Archie and Lilibet are called “master” and “miss,” but as of Friday, it wasn’t clear if Harry and Meghan’s kids would use these titles.

But Koenig said that the focus will stay on what is best for the future of the monarchy in the UK, even though Charles and his advisors are watching how people react to Margrethe’s decision to take away her grandchildren’s royal titles. She also said, “Charles would know about the changes in other houses, but the focus is only on what to do in the UK.” “What goes on in other monarchies doesn’t matter to the British.”

Even though Charles and Margrethe are distantly related because they are both related to Queen Victoria, Koenig said that the relationship between British monarchs and those in Europe has become less close over time. She said that the Nordic royal families get along well with each other. “The kings and queens of the Scandinavian countries are close friends and even go on private trips together,” she said. “The three heirs are talking.”

Koenig said, “The British royals don’t hang out with the other European royals very often.” But the royal families of the UK and Europe are still friends with each other. Queen Elizabeth II and Margrethe have been friends for a long time. The Independent said that the Danish queen was the first royal from a different country to send King Charles III a letter of condolences. 

Margrethe is said to have told them, “You and Camilla are in my warmest thoughts and prayers.” ” She was the most powerful queen in Europe, and we can all learn a lot from her. We will really miss her.


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