Mary not pregnant, says Danish queen
By Vanda Carson
August 12, 2004
ON the eve of Crown Princess Mary's arrival in Athens to cheer on the Danish Olympic team, her mother-in-law has flatly denied the former Australian is pregnant.
Queen Margrethe implored the media to give the law graduate and former Sydney real estate agent some "room to breathe".
"Crown Princess Mary is not pregnant," she said outside the royal holiday chateau in France yesterday.
Observers in Denmark and Australia have been on the look-out for a tell-tale bump since Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik in May.
In Copenhagen every billowing skirt or perceived bulge has become fodder for excited headlines. The excitement has spread to Australia, with gossip magazines speculating that the 32-year-old's dramatic weight loss has affected her ability to conceive.
Another magazine has blamed a "bitter rivalry" with her sister-in-law, Princess Alexandra, for inflaming tensions in the world's oldest monarchy.
Queen Margrethe told the briefing that Mary was "a lovely person" of whom she was "very proud", but the media needed to allow the couple time to relax after their hectic wedding.
"The most important thing is that the young couple is left in peace. We are not sitting on the edge of our chairs (waiting for a baby)," she said.
Prince Frederik's father, Prince Henrik, said that when the time came, Mary and Frederik would announce the impending birth themselves. "It is for the young couple to announce."
Princess Mary has not spoken about her plans for a family since she gave an extensive interview to a Danish newspaper before the wedding.
"We both see ourselves with children," she told Danish newspaper Politiken.
"I don't know how many, but I hope we will get a chance to have as many as we want."
The princess is due to arrive today in Athens, where she will attend the opening and closing ceremonies and take in several equestrian and sailing events.
The couple are expected to take a short break in the middle of the Games, before returning for the closing ceremony on August 29.
The couple first met during the Sydney Olympics at city watering hole the Slip Inn.