Students criticize Crown Princess Mary after visit: ‘I think it’s double standards’

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The Crown Princess was at Haslev Idrætsefterskole on Tuesday to talk about loneliness, insecurity and community. The Mary Foundation has created the project Me & We, which aims to prevent dissatisfaction in after-school centers.

But during the visit, it felt as if there was a giant elephant from Herlufsholm in the room, and therefore the students also reacted sharply afterwards.

“I think it’s a bit double-edged in a way,” 17-year-old Magnus Marryat Kaastrup Hartvich told BT

“I do not understand that you come here and explain everything with bullying, and then you send children to a school where such things happen,” he says.


Magnus Marryat Kaastrup Hartvich, 17, believes that the Crown Princess shows double standards.

Magnus Marryat Kaastrup Hartvich, 17, believes that the Crown Princess shows double standards.

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The Crown Princess also did not ask questions after the visit, but instead came up with a brief statement.

“I know there are probably some who will question my role as chairwoman of the Mary Foundation. To that I would say that bullying and violence are never acceptable and can never be justified. It must be fought and prevented. That was my position 15 years ago when I started the Mary Foundation, and that is also my position today, ”she said.

»Our work in the Mary Foundation to combat and prevent violence and bullying and to contribute to the creation of inclusive communities is unchanged. And our work continues unabated. Thank you for today, «it sounded from the Crown Princess, before she hurried into the Crown car.


Crown Princess Mary leaves the common room at Haslev Idrætsefterskole.

Crown Princess Mary leaves the common room at Haslev Idrætsefterskole.
Photo: Martin Sylvest

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It is also the lack of concrete announcements and statements about the scandal at Herlufsholm that infuriates the students BT has spoken to.

“The Royal House has not really commented on it, but they are just sending their children back again. I think it’s a little sad. That you do not pay more attention and take it more seriously, “says Magnus Maaryat Kaastrup Hartvich and elaborates:

“If I were a parent and had kids at school, then I would at least consider if that was where it was going to go. Possibly take them to another school. I know it’s a very royal school and those who go there have the most money. Very nice people, and people get in expensive cars, “he says.

Almost all students BT spoke to at the school believe that the visit and the scandal about Herlufsholm exhibits a royal hypocrisy.


(ARCHIVE) Princess Isabella, Prince Christian, Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.

(ARCHIVE) Princess Isabella, Prince Christian, Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.
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It thus also rubs in 16-year-old Philip Breinholdt Pedersen’s ears that the Crown Princess comes to talk about well-being when she sends Prince Christian and Princess Isabella to Herlufsholm. In fact, he believes her children are becoming generous advertising pillars for the scandal-ridden boarding school.

“I think it is doubly moral that she chooses to support what is happening on Herlufsholm by having children going there,” he says.

And he knows very well what he thinks they should do.

“Take his child out of Herlufsholm,” he says.


Philip Breinholdt Pedersen does not believe that the royal children should go to Herlufsholm Boarding School.

Philip Breinholdt Pedersen does not believe that the royal children should go to Herlufsholm Boarding School.

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16-year-old Pippi Linnemann also agrees. She does not think the royal children should go to school.

“I would probably personally think that is wrong. I had probably pulled my children out to make a statement, ”she says.

Conversely, she actually thinks that the Crown Princess has been good at distancing herself from the things that have happened at Herlufsholm. But:

“Then I just think it’s wrong not to do something about it,” she says.


Pippi Linnemann, 16, does not understand why the Crown Princess does not put action behind her words.

Pippi Linnemann, 16, does not understand why the Crown Princess does not put action behind her words.

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The students’ attitudes also reflect a new study conducted in the period 3–6. June. YouGov has for BT asked the Danes whether they agree or disagree that the Crown Prince and Crown Princess should pull their children out of Herlufsholm Boarding School.

17 percent have the answer ‘completely disagree’ or ‘partially disagree’ and thus believe that the children should continue to go to school.

29 percent answer ‘neither agree nor disagree’, while a majority of 37 percent think they should be taken out of school by answering ‘completely agree’ or ‘partially agree’.

The last 17 percent answer ‘do not know’.

1,243 people aged +18 years from the Yougov panel have in the period 3-6. June answered the following questions:

»How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? The Crown Prince and Crown Princess should pull Prince Christian and Princess Isabella out of Herlufsholm boarding school after the revelations that there are problems with bullying, violence and abuse at the school. “

Strongly disagree: 11 percent

Partially disagree: 6 percent

Neither agree nor disagree: 29 percent

Partly agree: 14 percent

Totally agree: 23 percent

Do not know: 17 percent

Crown Prince Frederik has previously commented on TV 2’s documentary ‘Herlufsholm’s secrets’ very briefly.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” he told BT

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess also commented on the case on social media when the documentary saw the light of day.

“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,” they wrote, among other things.

The other day, the Royal House’s communications manager, Lene Balleby, told Ekstra Bladet that there are no changes in relation to the royal children’s schooling.

BT has tried to get a comment from the Royal House regarding the students ‘criticism of the Crown Princess’ visit, but it has not been possible.

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