- Queen Margrethe of Denmark stripped four of her grandchildren of royal titles recently.
- She said her decision was in their best interest, but it was met with confusion within the royal circles.
- "It's never fun to see your children being mistreated like that," said Prince Joachim, son of the queen and father to the four children who will lose their titles come 1 January 2023.
Queen Margrethe announced last week that she'd be stripping four of her grandchildren of their royal titles in a decision that shocked the monarchy.
The queen said she was doing so in order to follow the trend of other royals in scaling back the monarchy, while she shared she hoped it would allow them to live everyday lives and had their best interests at heart.
The decision to strip Prince Joachim's four children, Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena, was met with confusion, however, as Countess Alexandra, the mother of Prince Joachim's two eldest sons, said: "This came from out of the blue.
"The children feel excluded. They can't understand why their identity is being taken from them."
Prince Nikolai, 23, who will lose his prince and "His Highness" titles starting on 1 January 2023, per People, has since spoken out about his grandmother's decision.
Nikolai told Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet he too was "confused" about the move.
"My whole family and I are, of course, very sad," he said. "We are, as my parents have also stated, in shock at this decision and at how quickly it has actually gone."
Prince Joachim told the publication the family was given "five days' notice" of the title change.
Crown Princess Mary, whose children will retain their titles for the time being, along with heir to the throne, Crown Prince Frederik's children, said: "I can understand that it is a difficult decision to make and a very difficult decision to receive. Change can be difficult and can really hurt. But this does not mean that the decision is not the right one."
According to Hello! Magazine, the comments were made Friday as she attended the opening of the 6th International Youth Conference, Re-imagine Youth Mental Health.
"We will also look at our children's titles when the time comes," she revealed. "Today we do not know what the royal house will look like in Christian's time, or when Christian's time begins to approach."
Princess Mary is mother to Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.