The Danish Crown Prince Fredrik (53) and his wife, the Crown Princess Mary (50) have openly criticized serious allegations against their son Prince’s school 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.
Prince Christian is a high school student at the boarding school near Næstved, a good 70 kilometers southwest of Copenhagen. Also his sister Princess Isabella (15) wants to go to school after the summer holidays.
Physical violence and bullying
The transmitter TV2 describes in a documentary published on Thursday evening called “Herlufsholms hemmeligheder” (The Secrets of Herlufsholm) Cases of physical violence, bullying and sexual abuse at school. In it, several former students describe upsetting experiences they had at the prestigious institution. Older students are said to have attacked the younger ones, especially at night, and regularly beat them up, among other things.
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 demanded on Facebook on Friday that the school must take responsibility and stop the underlying culture.