Quote from Heike
I thought Mary was criticised by many media in the beginning because she spends too much money on her wardrobe.
Some of them were very hard like: "Yesterday she was still Miss Donaldson who has to wash her own laundry."
Then one day a magazine reported that Mary starts to wear repeated suits or dress in some events in order to save her image.
There wouldn´t be those reports if Mary recycles her clothes in the very beginning.
Well, we agreed that we should be sceptical towards the press.
I'm so happy we live in the days of internet and don't depend on magazines for information anymore.
(If you are interested on how much Mary recycles, here is the link to the thread: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...thes-5333.html
Mary was critizised last year by EB and not by many media
(others, especially in Germany, just reported that she is critisized,
they obviously didn't do research on their own - not that EB did any research
But I think the accusation that Mary is spending too much money and is only attending fashion shows
would have been much more justified if it had been made 1 year earlier
(and even then it would have been quite unfair).
And the funny thing is that the same journalist who critisized her as a "Luxury Princess"
wrote a book the same year in which he praises Mary for being a "Princess of Style".
It's all about money, not about truth, if you ask me.
And AFAIK (from a journalist friend) Mary's and Frederik's real problem is actually that they are too distant to the media
and IMO that's why they are critisized, sometimes unfairly.
Mary has become friendlier now and - surprise, surprise - the press writes friendlier about her.
Frederik is still quite unfriendly and - surprise, surprise - the criticism focuses on him right now.
Quote from Heike
There are also rumours saying that Queen Margerethe is quite unsatisfied with Mary.
Of course we are all outsiders and will never get the truth. But at least there were no rumours saying that the Queen had problems with Alex.
I guess Queen Margerethe likes her very much. She allowed Alex to keep her princess title and keep her name on the DRF homepage after the divorce. She even created a countess title for Alex.
Actually there were rumours about the Queen having problems with Alex or Alex having problems with the Queen,
it started just about the same time, after her first baby was born.
Journalists obviously have a limited imagination.
I personally believe that whatever Margrethe has done she did because Alex is the mother of her grandchildren
and because she wanted to keep the scandal to a minimum and not because she likes Alex so much.
I think they don't have much to say to each other.
And Margrethe being unsatisfied with Mary - I think that is really just a made up story.
They had an engagement together in Oct., I believe, and Margrethe didn't look unsatisfied to me.
But of course no one of us knows the truth.
We can only look at the signs and make our own interpretations.