Danish royals: Crown prince couple shocked by scandals at their son’s school

The Danish Crown Prince Frederik (53) and his wife Crown Princess Mary (50) have openly criticized serious allegations against their son’s school Prince Christian (16) responds. As parents of a child attending Herlufsholm boarding school, they are deeply shocked to hear about systematic bullying and a culture of abuse and violence at the educational institution, the two said in a statement on Instagram.

As parents, they expected the school to create a culture where everyone felt safe and part of the community. Changes are obviously necessary, they explained.

Such a statement by representatives of the royal family is very unusual. Experts consider this to be proof of how seriously the Danish royals take the allegations made in a television documentary. Crown Princess Mary’s foundation campaigns intensively against bullying, among other things.

Documentary brings scandal to light

Prince Christian is a high school student at the boarding school near Næstved, a good 70 kilometers southwest of Copenhagen. His sister Princess Isabella (15) also wants to go to school after the summer holidays. The broadcaster TV2 describes in a documentary published on Thursday evening with the name “Herlufsholms hemmeligheder” (The Secrets of Herlufsholm) Cases of physical violence, bullying and sexual abuse at the school. Several former students describe insulting experiences they had at the prestigious institution. Older students are said to attack the younger ones, especially at night, and among other things regularly beaten up.

The school management announced that it would initiate an independent investigation. However, the picture of the school that is drawn in the documentation cannot be recognized. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called on Facebook on Friday for the school to take responsibility and stop the underlying culture.