Denmark's Prince Frederik Rushes Home From Olympics as Dad Prince Henrik's Condition Worsens

PEOPLE.com | 2/9/2018 | Staff
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Crown Prince Frederik is making an unexpected departure from the Winter Olympics to fly home to Denmark, where his 83-year-old father, Prince Henrik, is gravely ill, according to a palace statement released Friday.

As an accomplished skier, Frederik once had his own Olympic dreams. He and his wife, Crown Prince Mary, even met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He’s now an active member of the International Olympic Committee and was expected to remain in South Korea until February 25 for the duration of the Games.

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But now he must return home before the opening ceremony, the palace confirmed Friday morning. The condition of Prince Henrik, consort of the nation’s reigning Queen Margrethe II, deteriorated this week after he was hospitalized while vacationing in Egypt — without his wife — at the end of January.

Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and he was hurriedly transported back to Copenhagen, where tests revealed a tumor in his left lung. Although a biopsy confirmed it was benign, he contracted an infection, and the palace announced Friday that Prince Henrik’s condition had “greatly worsened.”

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“It’s not good,” the prince’s lifelong friend, fashion designer and businessman Erik Brandt, 74, told the Danish newspaper BT.

“When the Crown Prince returns home...
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