End of the fairy tale: divorce among Danish royals

Not every princess wedding has a happy ending. The Danish court confirmed this week that Princess Nathalie is no longer married.

Princess Nathalie & Alexander

Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg is the daughter of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, the sister of Queen Margarethe. That makes her a niece of the Danish queen and of her heir apparent, Crown Prince Frederik.

Like many other royals, Princess Nathalie loves horseback riding. Twice she competed in the Olympic Games as a dressage rider. Nathalie shares her passion for horses with her former husband. In 2011, she married German horse breeder Alexander Johannsmann. Princess Nathalie and Alexander had two children together: son Konstantin (12) and daughter Louisa (7).

Princess Nathalie on her groom’s arm at her wedding. Image: BrunoPress


Rumors of a divorce arose when Princess Nathalie appeared at a summer party of the Danish royals without her husband last month. To the Danish magazine PICTUREMAGAZINE the court confirmed this week that the two are indeed no longer together, and that the divorce is already complete. The magazine also reports that Princess Nathalie will continue to live with her children in her German castle Bad Berleburg, the estate where her mother, Princess Benedikte, and her brother, Prince Gustav, also live. They owe this spacious home to their partner/father Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg, who died in 2017, a German prince and once the alleged fiancée of ‘our’ Princess Beatrix. It’s a small royal world…

Source: Biled Bladet, Vorsten | Beeld: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©, BrunoPress