FRED & MARY’S MAR­RIAGE BACK ON TRACK

Af­ter weeks apart, the royal cou­ple put on a lov­ing show of sol­i­dar­ity to save the Dan­ish monar­chy

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Royal News -

For months or months now Princess M Mary and Prince Fre Fred­erik have spent chunkschun of time apart, lead­ing royal watch­ers to ques­tion if a split was im­mi­nent. Hap­pily, the pair seem to have their mar­riage back on track and are se­cretly plan­ning to step up to be king and queen in a bid to re­store Den­mark’s faith in its monar­chy.

Pic­tures of the cou­ple hold­ing hands and play­ing with their four chil­dren at the open­ing of Lego House in Bil­lund show they’re even hap­pier than ever – much to the re­lief of the en­tire royal fam­ily, who are deal­ing with a coun­try in tur­moil.

In fact, Den­mark’s monar­chy is in cri­sis, mak­ing it more im­por­tant than ever for Mary and Fred to present a united front.

Prince Hen­rik, 83, started the prob­lem – em­bar­rass­ing the royal fam­ily with an­gry out­bursts about his wife Queen Mar­grethe, 77, even stat­ing he did not wish to be buried next to her.

How­ever, when it was re­vealed he has de­men­tia, the de­lay in the an­nounce­ment of that ill­ness only served to de­stroy the Dan­ish royal fam­ily’s pub­lic im­age fur­ther. In fact, a sur­vey shows that right now one in three Danes wants to change the royal house’s in­flu­ence – with lower lev­els of trust in the monar­chy than ever.

A wor­ried Queen Mar­grethe has since called on Mary, 45, and Fred­erik, 49, to patch up their dif­fer­ences and bol­ster the royal fam­ily’s com­mit­ment to the Dan­ish peo­ple – even tak­ing the throne if needed.

In re­cent months, the crown cou­ple looked to be drift­ing apart. The dis­tance be­tween them – both emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally – even had lo­cal me­dia fear­ing they might be on the verge of a mar­riage split.

Just last month, Fred was in Peru as part of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, re­turn­ing home just be­fore his wife, who’d re­cently re­turned from Bu­dapest, flew to New York. The fol­low­ing week­end, Mary and their kids – Chris­tian, 11, Is­abella, 10, and six-year-old twins Vincent and Josephine – said goodbye to Fred again as he headed to China.

A DIF­FI­CULT YEAR

“It’s been clear that Mary is the one tak­ing care of it all,” a palace source says.

“The work, events, the kids, try­ing to hold the fam­ily to­gether and now also tak­ing care of Mar­grethe and her prob­lems. She could use a lit­tle sup­port from her prince.”

This year has been a dif­fi­cult one for the Dan­ish roy­als. Not only is Hen­rik’s ill­ness a grow­ing con­cern, but the on­go­ing ten­sion be­tween Fred­erik and his brother Joachim, 48, had been mak­ing both of­fi­cial and in­for­mal en­gage­ments some­what un­easy.

“With Joachim, Mary seemed to be the one who was al­ways try­ing,” the source says.

“There’s a lot hap­pen­ing in the fam­ily at the mo­ment, which can be hard on any re­la­tion­ship.”

…and took happy snaps of his fam­ily. Fred walked hand-in­hand with Mary…

The royal cou­ple with their chil­dren Is­abella (left), Josephine, Chris­tian and Vincent at the Lego House open­ing.

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