Tensions are believed to be mounting between Princess Mary and her sister-in-law Princess Marie – with the bitterness slowly threatening to uncover rifts in the Danish royal family.
The relationship between Australian-born Mary, who married Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004, and her sister-in-law is believed to have gone rapidly downhill in recent months.
The frosty attitude toward everyone is believed to have begun when French-born Marie – the wife of Frederik's younger brother, Prince Joachim – voiced her complaints about her family having to move permanently to Paris this year.
Joachim suffered a life-threatening health crisis while studying at a military school in France in July when doctors found a fatal blood clot in his brain.
But eyebrows were raised after Frederik visited his brother at his French residence, Château de Cayx, and Mary was nowhere to be seen.
The tensions between Crown Princess Mary (picture 2 from right with husband Frederik) and Princess Marie (left with husband Joachim) have grown.
Princess Mary only celebrated Christmas with her husband and children – with royals, who pointed out that the decision had little to do with COVID-19 small gathering rules.
The latest tensions follow speculation first reported by Daily Mail Australia in 2015. Princess Mary had become estranged from her own family Down Under.
A spokesman for the Danish royal family at the time denied that a crack had occurred.
Prince Joachim's family had temporarily moved to Paris in early 2019 when the king was participating in the high-intensity military training program six days a week.
He was slated to return to Denmark by the end of 2020, but after his health anxiety he decided to move on and took on the role of Defense Attaché at the Danish Embassy in Paris.
Princess Marie said in July the decision to stay in France was not entirely hers.
& # 39; No. It is not always us who decide. I think that's important to know, ”said the French princess to the Danish magazine See and Hear.
“I loved living in Denmark. Denmark is just a wonderful country. Everything works fine and there aren't many problems. & # 39;
Princess Marie's comments have since been compared to Meghan Markle's bombing interview in South Africa when she said she was unable to cope with royal life.
The relationship is believed to have gone downhill after Princess Marie, who is married to Prince Joachim, voiced her complaints about her family's move to Paris (pictured Princess Mary and Princess Marie with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and children).
The Hobart-born princess married Prince Frederik, next to the Danish throne, in 2004 after a chance encounter in a Sydney pub in 2000
The French Marie became Joachim's second wife in 2008
Danish businesswoman and royal commentator Anna Thygesen told the Daily Telegraph the two princesses had little in common.
"They are very different people, one is European and not just European, she is French where Mary is the Princess of Denmark and that makes her number one," she said.
Other questions were raised after the two princesses were seen clashing in recent months.
Princess Marie returned to Denmark in September to open a charity event in Copenhagen.
Her sister-in-law had been in town just two hours earlier to present the annual DI award to a company that manufactured sustainable and environmentally friendly building boards.
The pair have also been spotted several times in outfits nearly identical to those the other had previously worn.
Since Joachim is the younger brother of Prince Frederik, he will not ascend the throne – which means that unlike Mary, Marie will never be queen.
Scorching hot: Mary turned her heads in this layered dress for a water competition in 2013 (left), while Marie wore a dress similar to Amalienborg Palace in 2014 (right)
Ring in the new year: Mary wore her red velvet dress for the first time in 2014 to a New Year's banquet (left), a dress similar to the pink dress that Marie wore to a New Year's banquet in 2013
Princess Mary married Frederik in 2004 and the couple have four children together.
Speculations about a rift between Mary and her family arose after a number of posts surfaced in 2015 that appear to be written by her brother, John Donaldson.
A spokesman for the Danish royal family suggested that the posts referring to Mary as "she who should not be named" are incorrect.
"We believe this is a case of apparent abuse," Royal Press Secretary Lene Balleby told Danish publication BT.dk.
Princess Mary can be seen with her four children and her husband Frederik. Frederik is next on the Danish throne
"It's all too easy to create fake profile pages and in this case (Mary's) brother's identity has been misused."
Speculation about a family feud between Mary and the Donaldson family aired on the weekly New Idea, which featured an August 2014 Facebook post on a profile of a John Stuart Donaldson.
& # 39; Vacation with the sisters in Rome. I'm not sure I'll keep it that way … I'm looking forward to seeing my sisters again and having a great time, ”read the post next to a photo of John Donaldson, 45, in brightly colored holiday clothes.
In a comment below the picture, a Facebook profile of & # 39; John Dalgleish Donaldson, & # 39; the name of Princess Mary's father, noted: & # 39; Hope you three are having a great time. Take lots of pictures. Enjoy it, you deserve it. Much love from Susan and me.
"She Who Shouldn't Be Named": A 2014 Facebook post on a profile that appears to be owned by John Stuart Donaldson sparked speculation – but the royal family has suggested it was a fake
They added, "Did she, who should not be named, refuse to go with you, or did you not extend the offer?"
“I didn't care, papa. Trish isn't talking to her right now and we wanted to have fun. Will do everything else! & # 39; was the answer.
While it is unclear who the woman Facebook users are referring to, it has been speculated that they were discussing Crown Princess Mary and that & # 39; Trish & # 39; refers to her sister Patricia Bailey.
The posts were eventually made private or removed from the Facebook profile.
Mr. Donaldson, Mrs. Bailey and their sister Jane Stephens grew up very close to Mary, and Mr. Donaldson, godfather of Mary's son, Prince Vincent, attended his christening in 2011.
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