CG once said, that a male crown prince would have it much easier. We all considered this very misogynistic (and I am still convinced he is a slime ball), but perhaps he had a point.
If you look at most male consorts, they had a very difficult time, much harder than the female consorts.
The idea that a woman can be the leading role with her husband as a supporting actor is fairly new and has not sunk in very deeply in our modern western educated societies.
Women, esp. royal women are expected to be totally involved with the care of children (not necessarily their own), charities for the elderly and vulnerable and of course a bit of the beautifying arts. Men who seem to enjoy that are easily called a tussy.
And the down playing of their education and career is proof of that.
Dan, the personal trainer compared to ...the successful lawyer from down under, the Hollywood a-list actress, the NY based financial expert, the former model and philanthropist (only exception is a royal lady who has had a bad media and is still only referred to as the former TV announcer)
They downplay his english, but if someone else simply says "hi" in a foreign language, the press fawns over their linguistic abilities.
In any case, I think he knew what he would be in for, but that doesn't mean that sometimes he doesn't hate it.
In that regard I had great respect for Claus, who went for love. That man had so much to offer, so many passions, interests, etc. He gave up a lot for his wife, whom he loved. And also at a time when Dutch people were negative etc. towards Germans (WW II, etc.).