Just months after he pulled out of all work commitments after surgery for a herniated disc, Prince Frederik of Denmark has once again been forced to cancel a royal engagement.
The 51-year-old husband of Tasmanian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, has officially bowed out of the 10km Royal Run, which he launched last year for his 50th birthday.
"HRH The Crown Prince has found a smaller disc herniation, this time on the left," a statement from the palace read.
"Even though this is a minor damage, the Crown Prince runs the risk of worsening the condition if he runs at 10km distances in this year's Royal Run."
It comes after Prince Frederik, who has four children with Princess Mary, was hospitalised in September 2018 with a similar injury.
At the time, it was believed Princess Mary was extremely anxious about her husband’s health.
“Mary is really worried about Fred’s health and she fears he’s never going to recover,” a source told New Idea.
“He’s been practically bedridden for weeks now with his back injury, and every time Mary thinks he’s improving, he suffers another setback and just gets worse again.”
According to the Victoria Health Board, disc problems can cause back pain, pain radiating down the legs and people can struggle to bend or sit for a long time .
Back in 2016, Prince Frederik also experienced a spinal fracture after a trampoline accident.
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