BT’s royal correspondent: ‘It is a strange double role that the Crown Prince has had’

On Friday evening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that Denmark will not send government representatives to the Winter Olympics in China. To BT, the Royal House now confirms that the Crown Prince will not participate either when the Olympics begin in Beijing in three weeks.

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The decision states with seven-inch nails why it was problematic that Crown Prince Frederik was a member of the International Olympic Committee, IOC, for 12 years. This is what BT’s royal correspondent, Jacob Heinel Jensen, says:

“It is deeply paradoxical that the Crown Prince may have helped to ensure that this winter the Olympics are held in China,” he says, noting that the Crown Prince is no longer a member of the IOC.

But Crown Prince Frederik attended the IOC Congress, which in 2015 hosted the Beijing Games in 2022, where the choice was between China and Kazakhstan as the host nation.


Criticism hailed down on Crown Prince Frederik when he was elected to the IOC.  Here he is with IOC President Thomas Bach and Prince Albert II of Monaco.  Photo by REUTERS / Eric Gaillard.

Criticism hailed down on Crown Prince Frederik when he was elected to the IOC. Here he is with IOC President Thomas Bach and Prince Albert II of Monaco. Photo by REUTERS / Eric Gaillard.
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No one knows if the Crown Prince pointed to Beijing, because the Royal House has never wanted to say what he voted for. But the Crown Prince’s participation in the congress received serious criticism from, among others, the Unity List and the Socialist People’s Party. Former Minister of Culture, Uffe Elbæk, said at the time:

‘It is politics to sit and decide hosts. That is why the Crown Prince has made himself unnecessarily vulnerable by taking on the task. “

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According to Jacob Heinel Jensen, the case at the time and the decision to boycott the Olympics now exhibit why Frederik should never have been a member of the IOC:

“It is a strange double role that the Crown Prince has had as a member of IOS and heir to the throne in Denmark.”


As a member of the Olympic Committee, Crown Prince Frederik virtually participated in the 137th IOC session on 10-12.  March 2021. Photo: Kongehuset.

As a member of the Olympic Committee, Crown Prince Frederik virtually participated in the 137th IOC session on 10-12. March 2021. Photo: Kongehuset.
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As Jacob Heinel Jensen wrote in a column when Crown Prince Frederik left his seat on the Olympic Committee this summer.

“The Royal House should not interfere in politics, but it is probably quite impossible to interfere completely. All people have attitudes – even those with blue blood over the years. But the royals should do everything to minimize the visibility of their positions. “

In 2009, to the surprise of many, Crown Prince Frederik became a member of the IOC. Even then, strong criticism was raised, as several thought that it would be difficult for the Crown Prince not to get involved in politics.

But the then Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, (V) assured that there would not be a situation where the government meant one thing and the Crown Prince something else.

But already in 2016 it went wrong, and Fredrik received harsh criticism when he before the Olympics went against the Danish government’s line and helped vote for Russia’s participation in the Olympics the same year – even though the country had been revealed in state-sponsored doping by the athletes.

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