Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg defends his wife amid claims of ‘hostile working environment’

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg defends his wife against ‘unfair attacks’ amid claims she’s created a ‘hostile work environment’ after 30 staff members left in five years

  • Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg defended his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
  • It comes amid claims she is creating a ‘hostile working environment’ for her staff
  • Reigning Luxembourg royal penned the personal statement from Switzerland

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has defended his wife, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, following claims she has created a ‘hostile working environment’ for staff.

The reigning Luxembourg royal, 64, issued a personal statement this week speaking up for his wife, 63, and criticising the ‘unfair accusations’ leveled against her in the press. 

It comes after it emerged more than 30 members of staff have apparently left the household since 2015, either through being fired or quitting, according to local media. 

Local weekly newspaper Lëtzebuerger Land suggested the Cuban-born Grand Duchess could have been behind the departures, saying she does what she likes without fear of retribution as not even her husband dares to confront her.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has defended his wife, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (seen together), amid claims she is creating a ‘hostile working environment’ for her staff

The departure of royal household staff is the subject of a special commission appointed by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. 

The impending report, led by retired senior civil servant Jeannot Waringo, could tip the monarchy into crisis. 

However in his statement Grand Duke Henri roundly dismisses published reports his wife is to blame.

He wrote: ‘As we await publication of the report, and indeed throughout this process, articles have appeared in the media making unfair accusations against my wife, the mother of our five children and a devoted grandmother. This is taking its toll on my whole family. 

‘Why attack a woman? A woman who speaks up for other women? A woman who is not even being given the right to defend herself?’  

The reigning Luxembourg royal, 64, penned a personal statement from his brother-in-law's bedside in an intensive care unit in Geneva, Switzerland

The reigning Luxembourg royal, 64, penned a personal statement from his brother-in-law’s bedside in an intensive care unit in Geneva, Switzerland

The statement was released by the Grand Ducal Court on 27 January along with a series of new photos of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess recently taken in Geneva.  

It was written by Grand Duke Henri by his brother-in-law’s bedside at an intensive care unit in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Earlier this month it was announced that Maria had cancelled her upcoming engagements as her younger brother Luis Mestre had been admitted to intensive care. The statement did not state the reason for his hospital admittance. 

The candid note was shared by the Grand Ducal Court along with a series of new photos (pictured) of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, taken recently in Geneva

The candid note was shared by the Grand Ducal Court along with a series of new photos (pictured) of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, taken recently in Geneva

It comes after a year filled of heartache for the royal couple, with Stéphanie’s father passing away in January, before the death of Guillaume’s grandfather war hero Grand Duke Jean in April.

However they were given some good news when eldest son Crown Prince Guillaume, 38, and his wife Princess Stéphanie, 35, announced in December that they were expecting their first child in May 2020. 

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