onto the next page:These constraint, did you hesitate before you got married?
H: before our union, there were many questions on points. At the time, people considered that the queen was a morganatic marriage mask. You, my dear daughter have a normal marriage, in which you are the equal of your husband. He is a prince, you are a princess. But it has not been my case. There is no reason why I should not be on the same footing as my wife. I have the impression, and that impression will last until the day I'll be in the grave, I'm the second choice. Besides, I'm not the only one since Prince Philip shares this view. Such inequality no longer existed in the twentieth century, let alone in the twenty-first. It is a lot of reversed modern discrimination. 5000 years ago, queens have made their husbands kings. There is this the fact that English system is an exception and that was followed by Denmark and the Netherlands. Come to know why! Even in Egypt or in the Byzantium, the queens made their husbands emperors. This unfairness is quite hard to take.You had, Madam, apprehensions before your wedding, were they justified?
M: They were. I've always been kind of a little nervous, but my fears were founded. What I did, however, is that I was able to exceed and exceed me. Solutions are found. Especially things so extraordinary to me that their arrivals clear all negative points, including the difficulty of being vulnerable.Do you have more confidence now?
M: Confidence is a big word, but I have no doubt that my marriage has made me very happy.What was your biggest challenge?
M: The language. I speak Spanish, English, but Danish is another story.
H: You are here for four years, but two years ago you were talking already very correctly. This is admirable because the Danish language is difficult, even the Danish themselves recognize that. Foreigners sometimes feel like they have a potato or yogurt in their mouth when they try it.
M: In addition, there is no Latin root, even if there are many French words on which to lean upon.What languages do you speak with your children
M: My husband speaks only Danish with our children and I try to talk French only, but my son responds to me in Danish! It is his resistance. He does not want me to speak French, but he understands everything. We try to teach them both. This is an advantage for them and it would be foolish to do otherwise.
H: I was yet firmer than the princess. We decided with my wife that our children would grow up bilingual. Today, when we have lunch with the family, they cater to their mother or me, they alternately speaking Danish and French. Sometimes even a sentence begins in one language and ends in another!
M: My husband actually speaks French without any accent.
H: Thanks to the firmness of their father! Otherwise all children take the easy way out, it's human.
M: They already tried the easy? I understand!
H: Yes! When they were very young they spoke only in Danish to me, just like your son. So I played the fool and I pretended not to understand. So one day they had beautiful child conversation. A journalist asked them what language they spoke with their dad, my sons, very surprisingly responded: "With our father, we speak French!" As if all fathers were necessarily French.
M: I would love for my children to say the same thing about me, but I'm not as strong as my father in law. And I love to speak Danish now that I'm more comfortable.To return to your son, was the choice of Henrik as his first name a tribute to your father in law?
H: You would rather call him Henri.
M: I call him Henri, I can not call him differently, even if it also sounds very good with a "k". It was a tribute to my father in law of course, but I still love the name itself, just like my husband does. And since many of the boys in the family are called Christian or Frederik, we just had to go to the French part of the family!Did your father in law guide you through your first steps at the Court?
I think we quickly understood. My father in law was immediately perceived how I was and how I functioned. He told me something very important: "do not give up, do not let them bother you, be yourself." I actually understood how the natural was essential. One must respect one's values and beliefs, even if it is not always easy. It should be safe, provided that there is no reason to complain.Your Highness, you have a very excellent expression to describe your situation: "A prince consort is a strange animal that must have both, the skin of a rhinoceros and sensibility of a seismograph," Are you this astonishing creature?
M: this sentence is great!
H: One binds and gags on one's words sometimes and feelings, but it is worth it for me.
M: at the same time, I think you have through these difficulties developed extraordinary talents. My father in law is a great poet, he makes beautiful sculptures. Maybe that frustration exerted on one side, exacerbates on the other as talent.Since you both oblige to this reserve, do you keep a journal that would gather all your thoughts?
M: No, I never pour my thoughts into writing.
H: Yes, I keep a journal. It is not a secret, the Danes know. I note what I do, what goes through my head. I think it will be a interesting testimony.Madam, you have often said that you wanted to keep a "normal family life", have you managed?
M: I think so. I want to be present for my children. I work like everyone else, have a holiday like everyone else. We try to have dinner as a family as often as possible, continue to see our friends, or go riding a bike at times ... in short, we have a simple life.