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Prince Richard is not a person who keeps his thoughts to himself – as these quotes from old interviews show. They are of course taken out of context, but at least they prove that it’s never boring to read an interview with him. He often speaks tongue-in-cheek and likes to tease his wife, so don’t take it all too seriously.
About his princely status:
"To be honest, I am not interested in titles at all – unlike certain others in the family."
About the carefree royal life:
"The royals live a life completely different from everyone else’s. As soon as the gate is closed behind you, you are like in another world. They have lots of employees, and all problems except for the personal ones, are kept away from you. People take care of it. They have no financial problems, they only see the people they like to see, and they are terribly spoiled when they travel [...] You need to be born into that world to live like that."
Asked by Queen Elizabeth if he really thinks the royal life is so unusual:
"Yes! By God I think so. The only problems that are not swept away from you are those you have with your family."
About the royals on job:
"In the airport the children and I once stood in the crowd of people who hoped to get a glimpse of my wife and the Norwegian Queen Sonja. 'Mum', 'Benedikte', we called for her, but she neither saw nor heard us. It’s as if the royals develop a kind of tunnel vision when they are on duty."
About the wedding of Beatrix and Claus of the Netherlands:
"There we have the royal corner, a friend told me and nodded discreetly. It’s an old joke repeated everytime we meet at a big party, where Europe’s royal houses are represented, because the royals unfailingly gather in a corner for themselves. They sit together like a big family, and it’s only at parties in the Danish and Swedish royal houses I have seen this custom departed from."
About his wife:
"She is 99% Danish" ... "She can get pissed off, especially if I tease her about something Danish." ... "We are like night and day. Sometimes I wonder how we got children. I rise early in the morning, take a nap after lunch and go to bed early in the evening. She does the opposite."
About his rejection of a Danish princely title:
"I never regretted, and I never took the proposal seriously. Neither did I take it seriously when it was suggested from Danish quarters that I should give up Berleburg and settle in Denmark. I spat out a ‘No’ as fast as I could."
About his daughters’ choice to become Danish citizens:
"I can’t say that I am proud [...] it’s different with their mother, she is overjoyed."
About Benedikte’s succession right:
"It would have meant a catastrophe for me if Benedikte had become queen. I was not born to that sort of life. Had it come to that, I should have had dentures by now, as I should have been grinding my teeth from morning till night."
About Queen Ingrid:
"Mother-in-law was downright unhappy that you chose me – it was the last thing she wanted. She hated Germans right until her death. My luck was that Benedikte is as stubborn as her mother."
Asked why he hasn’t entered politics:
"I would have been elected if my father-in-law hadn’t become so furious. I ran in the local elections for CDU in 1968, but I was not allowed to be politically active if Benedikte should keep her place in the line of succession. She wanted that so much. This was the only time my father-in-law got really angry with me. Otherwise we had a fine relationship, and I was the only son-in-law who was allowed to tease him. Well, Benedikte cried, so I gave in. Okay-okay, I said, then I do nothing to get elected. Benedikte is so fond of her job. Too fond. She is always away from home – but then again, it’s good for the marriage, ha-ha."
"We Germans are not one people. We speak the same language, but we are very different. A Bavarian hates a Prussian and so on. The biggest catastrophe was when Bismarck united the German empire under the reign of Wilhelm II. That gave Germany the belligerent image and led to two world wars."
About the upcoming reunification of East and West Germany in 1990:
"Chancellor Kohl is a donkey. He conceals what all of this will involve."
"Religion does not matter at all to me. I know as little as anyone if there is a God or something else, but it means nothing for my part. I am a declared Protestant and I certainly don’t agree with the Pope, who preaches that you may only sleep with one particular woman to sire children. God is not to decide when I sleep with my wife, and if one should follow the Pope’s words, one could hardly ever have an intimate moment in the marriage."
About raising his children:
"If they lied, I spanked them with a whip. Both Gustav and the girls."
About his daughter Nathalie:
"I call her every day and ask: How are you, Nathalie? Immediately she starts talking about her new horse. I say: Nathalie, find yourself a lover! Ha-ha-ha-ha."
About Queen Margrethe:
"I learned a long time ago not to ask her about anything relating to Danish history. If I do, I get a never-ending lecture!"
About Prince Henrik:
"Some people find it problematic to be number three. I can only laugh. I am myself number 23 after wife, children, dogs and horses."
Asked if he speaks Danish with Prince Henrik:
"Yes, but I barely understand a word when he speaks Danish. He says the same about me, so that’s a thing we agree on."
About Crown Prince Frederik:
"I have warned him that if he speeds and runs somebody down, he will never become king."
"The worst people are those who are stupid and snobbish at the same time. Conceit and snobbery combined in one person is the worst thing I know."
"I can get really angry very quickly, but it’s always over the next day. And I don’t bear a grudge. A person who can’t live with that, should not be together with me. My wife gets offended once in a while, and then she phones her mother."
About his cancer:
"Princess Benedikte didn’t know how to help me, when I was ill. She can’t cope with illnesses, and she doesn’t tell me when she is ill herself. She tries to be kind – she does. But I just don’t think she understands how hard it is to be ill."
"If Benedikte should cook our dinner, I would have died a long time ago. She can’t even make coffee."
About city life:
"I hate cities. Then you have to go shopping with your wife. It’s terrible – a ground for divorce, ha-ha. It’s the worst you can do. Then she has to look at shoes, at least 20 pairs, it takes time, and none of them fits. Then we walk around the next corner to another shoe shop. I can’t stand it."
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