But after the Queen chose to single out her boys, Prince Nikolai, 23, and Prince Felix, 20, and their two half-siblings, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, (who Joachim shares with Princess Marie) while Fred and Mary’s kids kept their birthright intact, she’s decided that she’d done playing nice.
“She’s completely out of everything, so she can say and do whatever she wants,” explains Danish royal expert Lars Hovbakke Sørensen. “She’s got nothing to lose.”
Alexandra doesn’t just have the inside scoop on what exactly goes on behind closed palace doors following her decade-long marriage to Fred’s brother either – she also has the know-how and contacts to pull it all off.
The countess is already an author, having published her book My Happy Country in 2019.
After Mary, 50, came out in support of the Queen, who said the move was “necessary to future-proof” the monarchy, the Aussie-born royal is set to be firmly in the direct firing line of the countess.
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As a future king, the title of Mary’s 17-year-old son Prince Christian is safe, but those of Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Vincent and Josephine might soon be up for debate following the outrage that the book’s release could potentially cause.
Following Mary and Fred’s return after their whirlwind trip to South East Asia, the pair were quickly back on royal duty.
After a quiet few months, the couple did no less than three official engagements in less than 48 hours.
“Mary knows the survival of the royal family is ensured for only as long as the people want it, so she’s smart to be out pounding the pavement to win back the public’s favour,” says a source.
“Alexandra is just trying to be a protective mum, but she’ll find that Mary can be just as fierce when it comes to her kids.”
Having spent the last two decades never putting a foot wrong, Mary can’t relish the idea of her dirty laundry being aired either.
“Alexandra was Mary’s confidante during her hard early years, so she’d know things she doesn’t want getting out,” says the source.
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