Prince Joachim of Denmark and his family are relocating to the US after he landed a new job in the defence industry in Washington, according to local media reports.
The Danish royal, 53, has decided to move to Washington DC with his wife Princess Marie and their two young children, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, Danish newspaper BT reported.
The royal couple are currently based in Paris, where the prince has worked as defence attaché since 2020. However that job is expected to come to an end in June, meaning they are likely to up sticks in the second half of the year.
The new job could mean that Joachim will be moving even further away from Denmark following a tumultuous autumn in the Danish Royal family after his mother Queen Margrethe II stripped his four children of their prince and princess titles.
Prince Joachim plans to move to the US with his family after his children Princess Athena 10, (third from left) Prince Henrik, 13, (right) were stripped of their titles, local media reports
Prince Joachim’s children Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, will all be losing their titles on January 1 2023
The Danish Royal Court’s communications department did not confirm Joachim’s reported upcoming move.
In September, the Danish monarch announced that her grandchildren Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, will no longer have ‘His/Her Highness’ titles from January 2023.
At the time, the monarch insisted the move will be ‘good for them in their future’ and allow the children – who have maintained their positions in the line of succession – to ‘shape their own lives without being limited by the special considerations and duties’ that a formal affiliation with the Danish Royal Family involves.
However, Prince Joachim publicly spoke out against his mother’s decision in the days that followed – claiming that his children had been ‘harmed’ in the process.
In September, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. 82, announced four of her grandchildren will no longer have His/Her Highness titles
Prince Joachim gave an update on his relationship with his family while attending the annual Christmas Bazaar at the Danish Church in Paris with his wife Princess Marie on Friday
Two months on, the sixth-in-line to the throne recently admitted that ‘communication was missing’ within the Royal Family in the lead-up to the shock announcement.
He told local news outlet B.T.: ‘There is a lot to work on. Communication was what was missing. Now we have met and we are on the right track.’
Earlier this month, it was announced that the Danish Royal Family will be spending Christmas separately this year.
According to an official announcement from the household, Queen Margrethe will spend the festive season at Marselisborg Castle in Aarhus like usual.
Queen Margrethe beamed as she arrived at the re-premier of the ballet The Nutcracker in Tivoli’s Concert Hall in Copenhagen last weekend
Also attending the ballet were her oldest son, Crown Prince Frederik (left), his wife Crown Princess Mary, and their two youngest children, twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine
The monarch will be joined by her younger sister Princess Beneikte and a group of ‘private friends’.
Out of a title: The four grandchildren who will no longer be TRHs
Nikolai of Denmark, 23: The Copenhagen Business School student and model regularly tops lists of the world’s most eligible bachelors. He lives in Denmark but has jetted around the world to walk for designers in Paris and London. Nikolai has also appeared on the cover of Vogue Scandinavia.
Felix of Denmark, 20: Following in his brother’s footsteps, Prince Felix has also had success as a model and has starred in an advertising campaign for Georg Jensen. He had a short stint at the Royal Danish Military Academy but quit after two months because it ‘wasn’t for him’.
Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, of Denmark: The youngest of Prince Joachim’s four children, Henrik and Athena are the product of his second marriage to Princess Marie. They live with their parents in Paris.
Meanwhile, Queen Margrethe’s eldest son Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, 54, will travel to Australia with his wife Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, 50, and their children Prince Christian, 17, Princess Isabella, 15, and Prince Vincent, 11, and Princess Josephine, 11.
The official announcement highlighted how ‘it has been five years since the Crown Prince couple together with their four children last visited the Crown Princess’s homeland’ as the reason for not spending Christmas in Denmark this year.
What’s more, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will be spending Christmas on a ‘longer planned trip abroad’ with their children – although the household has not disclosed the location.
Shortly after his children were stripped of his titles, Prince Joachim claimed that he had only been given five days’ notice before the news was made public.
Instead of being Princes and Princesses, they will be Counts and Countess and referred to as Their Excellencies.
Following her announcement, Joachim spoke to Danish publication Ekstra Bladet outside the Danish Embassy in Paris, where he lives with his French-born wife Princess Marie and his two youngest children, and said his four children had been ‘hurt’ by their grandmother’s decision.
Meanwhile, his ex-wife Alexandra, 58, was married to Prince Joachim for 10 years until 2005, said that her sons had been left feeling ‘ostracised’ from the institution and the decision had come like a ‘bolt out of the blue’.
Prince Joachim of Denmark said his four children have been hurt by their grandmother Queen Margrethe’s decision to strip them of their royal titles as he spoke for the first time since the bombshell announcement in September
It had been reported that Prince Joachim was first informed of his mother’s decision in May, however he has claimed at the time that he was only informed of the decision five days beforehand.
‘I was given five days’ notice to tell them. In May, I was presented with a plan which, by and large, was that when the children each turned 25, it would happen.
‘Now I had only five days to tell them. Athena turns 11 in January,’ he clarified
The Royal Household then released another statement, saying: ‘As the Queen stated yesterday, the decision has been a long time coming.
‘We understand that there are many emotions at stake at the moment, but we hope that the Queen’s wish to future-proof the Royal Household will be respected.’