Mary Banned from her bestie

As she pre­pares to be queen, Mary has been forced to make a big sac­ri­fice

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

The life of a royal can be a lonely one, which is why Princess Mary has al­ways main­tained her con­nec­tions with friends in Copen­hagen. But Woman’s Day can re­veal the Tas­ma­nian-born royal is dev­as­tated at hav­ing to cut ties with her clos­est Dan­ish friend, Caro­line Flem­ing.

Caro­line, who was born a baroness, was once mar­ried to Rory Flem­ing – nephew of James Bond au­thor Ian Flem­ing. She and Mary would talk on the phone daily, cel­e­brate their kids’ birth­days to­gether and go on ski­ing trips. But in 2015, Caro­line be­came a re­al­ity TV star, ap­pear­ing on US se­ries Ladies of Lon­don, and she now lives a party life­style, of­ten post­ing shots of her­self top­less and drink­ing on In­sta­gram.

A royal in­sider says Mary, 45, was told her friend­ship with 41-year-old Caro­line was a bad look for a fu­ture queen, and it’s thought she was asked to re­strict con­tact with her. “Be­cause Mary will have such an im­por­tant role as queen, she

re­ally has to choose her close friends care­fully,” our in­sider says. “She has had to slowly move away from friends who per­haps don’t fit into the royal stan­dard of be­hav­iour any longer.”

Even though Mary is god­mother to Caro­line’s daugh­ter Josephine, the two women are no longer in each other’s com­pany. Mary didn’t at­tend Caro­line’s fa­ther’s fu­neral ear­lier this year, and when the two re­cently crossed paths at an event, Caro­line gave Mary a big hug, which Mary looked re­luc­tant to re­cip­ro­cate.

“As a re­al­ity star with many fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, Caro­line may no longer fit in with Mary,” the in­sider adds. “There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing a princess and be­ing a queen, which is why they may have drifted apart.”

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