Frederik and Mary of Denmark worried about the future of their children at their boarding school in the heart of a scandal

In the past month, the Herlufsholm boarding school, which is known and frequented by children from good families, has been at the heart of a scandal. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, whose son has been studying at this boarding school for a year and their daughter is going to the same school at the beginning of the school year, face a dilemma. Their children’s future seems uncertain, and the heir couple gives themselves more time to make the right decision.

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A dilemma arises for the Danish heirs

On 5 May, the Danish public channel TV2 broadcast a documentary with the title Herlufsholm’s Secrets. This report included testimonies from about fifty students who condemned unacceptable behavior and even sexual assault at school. ”The principal and management of the prestigious private school Herlufsholm have become aware of a number of cases of violence, sexual assault and threats among students. The last cases date from this school year.said the channel in its report.

The testimonies broadcast in the program were horrific and shocking. Some students talk about one “culture of violence”. New students would be beaten by older ones when they arrived at the school. “It was a weekly ritual. Some older students would come and beat younger students ”explained Peter, 18, a former student at this boarding school, located in a former Benedictine monastery from the 12th century in Næstved, 90 km from Copenhagen.

Since the release of the report, the Royal House’s social network has been plagued by rather violent comments. Many Danes have chosen to publicly attack the heir family by posting criticism on Facebook and Instagram. Prince Christian, son of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, has studied at this school for a year. The heirloom family had widely promoted this school and even agreed to do a photoshoot of Prince Christian upon his arrival at the establishment.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary pose proudly outside the boarding school when they take their son Christian to Herlufsholm for the start of the school year for the first time (Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset)

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Will Christian become of Denmark in Herlufsholm?

The day after the report was released, the royal family immediately commented on the photos, condemning the allegations and asking the company to clarify the situation as soon as possible. This June 17, faced with the stream of incessant criticism, the heirs published a lengthy press release to take stock of the situation. “As parents, we are currently faced with complicated choices regarding the education of our elderly”, wrote Frederik and Mary in their press release. Their eldest daughter, Princess Isabella, had also proudly announced that she would be joining her brother and this boarding school early next school year.

“Intimidation, violence and abuse are never acceptable. We must respond to painful and devastating events by insisting on changes that ensure a safe environment for all. And then we must acknowledge the courage of those who have shared their violent experiences ”, the press release continues. Unfortunately for the heir couple, it seems that Prince Christian has found his place at this school and the feedback is very positive, which complicates the decision to be made.

Prince Christian at his boarding school accused of not reacting to the condemning report (Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset)

“We are the parents of a son who is very happy to go to this school. And [nous sommes les parents] of a girl who has long been looking forward to starting one place. » The heir couple wonders if it is compatible to leave their children in this school while they have learned about the dysfunctions. Frederik and Mary seem to say that it will depend on the measures taken by the management of the establishment.

“We want to look at the school’s future initiatives, but also what we as parents can demand and do. The goal must be a future Herlufsholm, where all students – no matter who they are – thrive and can feel safe based on healthy values.” Finally, we will continue to talk to our children, show them confidence and listen to their wishes. Their point of view must necessarily also be taken into account when we make decisions about their future schooling..

“Like all other parents, we want to do our best for our children. At the same time, we are aware of our special position as heirs. Right now, we do not know all the answers. As a family, we need more knowledge to be able to make the right decision for our children. »

Nicholas Fontaine


Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After being a copywriter and author for several Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales.

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