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Prince Joachim of Denmark Says He Hasn't Spoken to Queen Margrethe Since She Stripped His Kids' Titles

Prince Joachim of Denmark says there's a silence within the royal family.

The Danish royal, 53, claimed in a new interview that he hasn't talked to his mother Queen Margrethe II, his brother Crown Prince Frederik or his sister-in-law Crown Princess Mary since the palace announced his four children will lose their prince and princess titles next year.

Opening up to Danish outlet B.T. in a joint interview with his wife Princess Marie on Saturday, Prince Joachim said relations remain strained amid the major shakeup.

When the reporter asked if the dynamic felt difficult, Marie, 46, replied, "It's complicated, namely. That's it."

Her husband added that Queen Margrethe, 82, "unfortunately" had not connected with them since releasing the news of the titles change.

"It's also family. Or whatever we want to call it," he said.

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attend a Grand dinner at the Town Hall on October 08, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attend a Grand dinner at the Town Hall on October 08, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

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Princess Marie added that she and Prince Joachim "would have liked to have had time to talk about it" with their family. Joachim shares sons Prince Nikolai, 23, and Prince Felix, 20, with his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. He got remarried to Marie in 2008, and they went on to welcome son Prince Henrik, 13, and daughter Princess Athena, 10.

Point de Vue Out Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (13382908ao) Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark attending a lunch reception at The Royal Yacht Dannebrog for the Queen her 50th Jubilee of Government in Copenhagen. Lunch reception at The Royal Yacht Dannebrog, Copenhagen, Denmark - 11 Sep 2022
Point de Vue Out Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (13382908ao) Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark attending a lunch reception at The Royal Yacht Dannebrog for the Queen her 50th Jubilee of Government in Copenhagen. Lunch reception at The Royal Yacht Dannebrog, Copenhagen, Denmark - 11 Sep 2022

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On Wednesday, the Danish royal palace announced that as of Jan. 1, 2023, Joachim's four kids will lose their royal titles and instead be known by His Excellency Count of Monpezat or Her Excellency Countess of Monpezat. The second son of Queen Margrethe and the late Prince Henrik, Prince Joachim is currently sixth in line to the Danish throne, with his children falling in the line of succession behind him. It's speculated that the change was made to streamline the future of the monarchy.

GRASTEN, DENMARK - JULY 24: Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crownprince Frederik, Crownprincess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena attend the annual summer photo call for the Royal Danish family at Grasten Castle on July 24, 2014 in Grasten, Denmark. (Photo by Robin Utrecht Photography/Getty Images)
GRASTEN, DENMARK - JULY 24: Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crownprince Frederik, Crownprincess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena attend the annual summer photo call for the Royal Danish family at Grasten Castle on July 24, 2014 in Grasten, Denmark. (Photo by Robin Utrecht Photography/Getty Images)

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"The reality must still be: whether you modernize or slim down, it must be done in a proper way," Joachim told B.T. "It's about children. Orderliness and children. It is a very heavy matter."

Though her son said they haven't spoken one on one since the shocking shakeup, Queen Margrethe has maintained that the plans had been in motion for a while.

Explaining her decision the day it was announced, the Queen told reporters, "It is a consideration I have had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That is the reason," Hello! reported.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Prince Felix of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark and Princess Athena of Denmark during the confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark at on April 30, 2022 in Fredensborg, Denmark.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Prince Felix of Denmark, Prince Henrik of Denmark and Princess Athena of Denmark during the confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark at on April 30, 2022 in Fredensborg, Denmark.

Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Queen Margrethe with Prince Joachim and his family

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Asked if the move was for her grandchildren's "sake," the monarch said, "Yes, of course."

She also addressed reports that they felt "ostracized" and said, per the outlet, "Well, you have to see how you ... I haven't seen it myself, I must say."

OSLO, NORWAY- SEPTEMBER 26: Queen Margrethe of Denmark speaks as the recipient of this year's Nordic Association's Language Award on September 26, 2022 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Rune Hellestad/Getty Images)
OSLO, NORWAY- SEPTEMBER 26: Queen Margrethe of Denmark speaks as the recipient of this year's Nordic Association's Language Award on September 26, 2022 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Rune Hellestad/Getty Images)

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Announcing the move, the palace said in a statement, "With her decision, Her Majesty The Queen wishes to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being limited by the special considerations and duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves."

To that end, Princess Mary said she isn't even sure what the Danish royal household will look like when her 16-year-old son Prince Christian becomes the monarch one day.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark and Prince Vincent of Denmark during the confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace on April 30, 2022 in Fredensborg, Denmark.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Isabella of Denmark, Princess Josephine of Denmark and Prince Vincent of Denmark during the confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace on April 30, 2022 in Fredensborg, Denmark.

Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Prince Vincent, Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Isabella, Queen Margrethe, Prince Christian, Princess Josephine and Crown Princess Mary

Commenting on the news affecting her niece and nephews, the future Queen Consort said, "I can understand that it is a difficult decision to make and a very difficult decision to receive," Hello! reported Friday. "Change can be difficult and can really hurt. But this does not mean that the decision is not the right one."

"We will also look at our children's titles when the time comes," Princess Mary continued, pointing to the status of her three younger children: Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. "Today we do not know what the royal house will look like in Christian's time, or when Christian's time begins to approach."

Unlike their first cousins, the four children of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary remain in the royal house for the foreseeable future.