The Prince of Denmark was pulled out of an elite boarding school following reports of abuse at the institution

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A photo of the Danish royal family in front of a staircase.
The Danish royal family.Patrick van Katwijk / Contributor / Getty Images
  • Prince Christian of Denmark has been attending an elite boarding school since August 2021.

  • His parents, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary, announced they were pulling Christian out on Monday.

  • Reports of sexual abuse and bullying recently surfaced at the school.

Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark announced they are pulling their son out of an elite boarding school after reports of sexual abuse and bullying at the institution surfaced.

Frederik, 54, is the heir to the Danish throne. He and Mary, 50, have four children: Prince Christian, 16; Princess Isabella, 15; and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 11.

In August 2021, Christian started attending Herlufsholm School, a boarding school in Denmark, as the royal family shared on Instagram at the time.

But on Monday, Frederik and Mary released a statement on their website announcing Christian would no longer be attending Herlufsholm, as they were "deeply shaken" by reports of sexual abuse and bullying at the school. Christian is not connected to the allegations, according to People.

Representatives for Frederik and Mary as well as the Herlufsholm School did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

Frederik and Mary also said in the statement that Isabella would no longer be attending the school in the fall and that they would decide as a family over the summer where their children would go to school in the future.

"It has been a difficult process for us as a family, but, based on the overall picture and our special position as Crown Prince Couple, we have chosen that Prince Christian will stop at Herlufsholm and that Princess Isabella will not start in 9th class at the school after the summer holiday," the statement said.

The couple said they made their decision as a result of a preliminary report from Denmark's National Agency for Education and Quality that "directs a particularly harsh critique from a state authority against Herlufsholm and places demands on the school at several levels, not least the leadership level."

According to The Times, around 50 Herlufsholm alumni accused the school of fostering an environment of bullying and hazing in a TV documentary.

The former students said in the documentary that it was common for younger students to be attacked in the middle of the night, and one alumnus claimed they saw a bully sexually abusing another student in front of a group of peers, according to The Times.

The Danish royal family first released a statement about the allegations on June 17 in which they said, "bullying, violence, and indignities are never acceptable," but that "we are parents of a son who is very happy to attend the school. And a daughter, who has long looked forward to starting at the same place."

The statement went on to say they needed more information before making a decision.

Christian and his siblings previously attended the Lemania-Verbier International School in Switzerland for a 12-week study abroad program in 2020, but the royal family had to cut the trip short because of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, as they announced in a statement at the time.

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