Danish prince leaves Olympics as father’s condition worsens

Henrik was hospitalized Jan. 28 for a lung infection.

9 February 2018 | 11:28

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 9 February 2018 | 11:28

This photo shows Queen Margrethe II and her husband Prince Henrik during their visit in Denmark in July 2015. (AFP Photo)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Crown Prince Frederik has left the Winter Olympics in South Korea to rush home because the condition of his father — Queen Margrethe’s French-born husband Prince Henrik — has “seriously worsened,” according to  Denmark’s royal palace.

Henrik was hospitalized Jan. 28 for a lung infection.

Crown Prince Frederik, an IOC member, was at the Games that are to open later Friday.

Henrik has often voiced his dissatisfaction with not being the queen’s equal after she acceded to the throne in 1972.

In August, Henrik, who retired from public life in 2016, said he didn’t want be laid to rest next to Margrethe in the couple’s sarcophagus. A month later, the palace announced the 83-year-old prince was suffering from dementia.

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