Crown Prince Frederik races home to Denmark to be with ailing father, Prince Henrik

By Ainhoa Barcelona

Crown Prince Frederik is returning to Denmark to be by the side of his ailing father Prince Henrik.

In an unfortunate turn, the Danish royal palace released a statement saying the latter prince’s condition had worsened. "His Royal Highness the Crown Prince has thus discontinued his stay in South Korea, where he was in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. The Crown Prince is now on his way to Denmark,” it read.

Prince Henrik and his family in a group photo
Prince Henrik, 83, has been in hospital for the past two weeks

The prince has been in and out of hospital over the past year. Last September, it was revealed that Henrik suffers from dementia. A palace statement read: "It is with deep regret that Her Majesty the Queen has asked the Lord Chamberlain to announce: following a longer course of investigation, and most recently, a series of examinations conducted during late summer, a team of specialists at Rigshospitalet has now concluded that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik suffers from dementia.

Henrik admitted to hospital after making controversial comments

"The diagnosis implies a decline in the prince's cognitive functional level. The extent of the cognitive failure is… greater than expected considering the age of the prince, and can be accompanied by changes in behaviour, reaction patterns, judgement and emotional life and may therefore also affect the interaction with the outside world."

The queen's husband retired from service in 2016 while renouncing his title of Prince Consort. He shares two sons with his wife Margrethe, who he wed in 1967 – Crown Prince Frederik, the future king, and Prince Joachim. He also has eight grandchildren, ranging in age from six to 18.

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