Denmark royal household says the husband of Denmark's Queen Margrethe who last month caused a stir by saying is he won't be buried next to the monarch in a specially designed sarcophagus, says he is suffering from dementia

FILE - In this June.23 2017 file photo Denmark's Queen Margrethe and her husband Prince Henrik arrive by boat at Aarhus Harbour, Jutland. The Denmark royal household says Wednesday Sept. 6, 2017, that Prince Henrik is suffering from dementia, and has undergone medical examinations at Copenhagen's university hospital over recent months. (Mikkel Berg Pedersen/AP via ritzau, file)

- Associated Press
Thursday, September 7th 2017, 23:04 pm EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The husband of Queen Margrethe is suffering from dementia, the Danish royal household said Wednesday.

The palace said the 83-year-old French-born Prince Henrik had undergone a medical examination at Copenhagen's university hospital. Doctors concluded "the extent of the cognitive failure is greater than expected" for the prince, it said, adding this can lead to changes in behavior, reactions, judgment and emotions.

Henrik last month caused a stir by saying he won't be buried next to the monarch in a specially designed sarcophagus. Margrethe, 77, said she had accepted Henrik's decision, adding it didn't change her burial plans. Henrik said he wanted to be buried in Denmark, but didn't say where.

The prince, who retired from public life last year, has long complained that he did not become king instead of his wife when she acceded to the throne in 1972. A change in the Danish Constitution 19 years earlier had allowed female succession. Even before that, Henrik wouldn't have become king.

Following the dementia diagnosis, the prince will further downgrade his activities in the future, the palace said.


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