Reports in Australian and British media have claimed that Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark had made plans to purchase his wife, Crown Princess Mary an island for her 45th birthday coming up on 5 February.
The Royal Danish House has come out to quash these rather absurd claims which included a claim that His Royal Highness paid 69 million Danish kroner for the island off the coast of Tasmania, Australia. Mary was born in Tasmania in 1972.
Publications like Australia’s New Idea, who published the original report, and Britain’s Daily Mail reported that the deal was complete and would be called Isle Mary.
A spokesperson for the Danish Monarchy told Danish news channel TV2, “It’s not right. We can clearly refute it.”
The denial was also sent, via a press release, to the Australian Associated Press saying, “We can deny that HRH The Crown Prince has purchased an island off the coast of Tasmania.”
As with any royal, there are constant rumours, often times untrue and ridiculous, circulating about the Crown Prince and Princess in both national and international media, and this is in no way the first time a denial has had to be issued on a Danish royal’s behalf by the communications department of the Royal Danish House.
In the past, it had been claimed that Princess Marie had had a procedure done to enhance her breasts in Lithuania over the previous summer. The Danish Monarchy issued a statement in October 2014 saying that the Princess had never been to Lithuania nor visited the clinic that supposedly performed the operation. The Danish magazine Her & Nu, who ran the story, had to print a retraction and publically apologised.
In another instance the same year, the Daily Mail reported that Crown Princess Mary was feuding with her family in Australia. A statement was issued to the Danish tabloid, BT, saying, “We believe that this is a case of obvious abuse. It is all too easy to make false profile pages.” They added that her someone had set up a Facebook account in her brother’s name.
A Danish Royal Family expert and history professor also told the same tabloid that the Royal Family had altered how they handled and responded to false accusations in the new age of social media. He believed the Danish Royals, due to the quick spread of news on social networking sites like Facebook, have decided to take a public stand against outrageous lies printed about the family.