Veteran Danish royal reporter Trine Villemann says that unless Mary can make a king out of her reluctant husband Crown Prince Frederik, the Danish royal family will not reign beyond this generation.
Speaking to Nine's A Current Affair in an interview timed to coincide with the release of the English version of her book — 1015 Copenhagen K — Villemann offers a harsh critique of Mary's performance so far.
The fairytale princess had failed to instill tranquility in Frederik's life, Villemann said, adding that the prince was still "extremely nervous and uncomfortable" about becoming king.
"Being a crown princess means you have to make a king out of your husband and that will be Mary's primary function…if she cannot pick up the shattered pieces of her husband and make him a king, her son will never be king of Denmark," Villemann told A Current Affair.
She said Mary was not only doing a bad job of guiding her husband but she has also failed to win the respect of the Danish public.
"What has happened is that Mary is working so hard to become the perfect princess that she can't touch people, she doesn't communicate with us Danes ... Mary dares not or will not leave her comfort zone,” Villemann said.
"Today's monarchy is not just about showing up and looking good, today monarchy is about earning the respect of the people you represent."
Grueling palace life had caused Mary to lose her old Aussie spark, something Villemann said she desperately needs in order to succeed in her role.
"All it takes is for Mary to remember that she was once an Aussie girl, find back to her true self — Mary Donaldson — and not be afraid to use it,” she said."All of us Danes, we are desperate for her to succeed — we do want her to do good and do well, because we understand that the monarchy is at stake here."
ninemsn 29 Jul 2008
The statement former Tasmanian commoner is actually false. She is from the "free settlers" and has a royal background. This background was checked before her marriage to the Prince.
The fairy tale story that you can meet a Prince in a pub, has been conjured up by the mainstream media.
It is a deliberate concealment of the truth from the public.