Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have released a personal statement confirming that their eldest son Prince Christian will no longer attend Herlufsholm Boarding School following allegations of bullying and abuse.
The Danish royal couple added that their second child, Princess Isabella, will not start at the school either.
“As we have previously stated, we are deeply shaken by the reports that have come out about Herlufsholm recently,” the statement read.
“We have also made it clear that, as parents of a child at the school, we expect that the school will do what it must do to rectify the unacceptable conditions.”
The Crown Prince Couple’s statement was issued following the release of a preliminary decision from Denmark’s National Agency for Education and Quality that “directs a particularly harsh critique” of Herlufsholm.
“The question about our son Christian’s and our daughter Isabella’s choice of school has been very important for us, and the unfortunate matter has brought many and strong opinions into play in the public,” it continued.
“That is completely understandable when it deals with the well-being of children and young people. At the same time, it has been important to stand by our basic idea that major decisions must be made on an informed basis. We now have that basis.”
The statement finished by the couple, who are also parents to 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, confirming the next steps for their children’s schooling will be carefully considered during the summer.
“It has been a difficult process for us as a family, but, based on the overall picture and our special position as Crown Prince Couple, we have chosen that Prince Christian will stop at Herlufsholm and that Princess Isabella will not start in 9th class at the school after the summer holiday,” they stated.
“During the summer, we, together with our children, will make a decision about their future choice of schools. With thoughts about the many students who will continue at Herlufsholm, it is our hope that the school now gets more peace to ensure the necessary changes and succeeds in creating a culture in which all thrive and feel safe.”
Back in May, Frederik and Mary broke their silence on the “heart-breaking” allegations of systemic violence and the abusive, violent culture at their son’s prestigious school after 50 former students came forward.
“As parents of a child who goes to Herlufsholm, we are deeply shaken by the testimonies that have emerged in the current documentary about the school,” read the statement, which was shared to the Danish royal family’s Instagram account.
“It is heart-breaking to hear about systematic bullying and about the culture of abuse and violence that many have been a part of.
“That is completely unacceptable. As parents, we expect the school to effectively ensure a culture where everyone is safe and part of the community, and we will in the coming time follow the changes that are obviously necessary.”