Countess Alexandra will appear in a radio show lasting two hours tomorrow Saturday.
In that show she will talk about her life so far.
Martin Jørgensen and BB reporter Trine Larsen will also join in with some input.
The radio show will be aired Saturday 15-17 on P4.
These are excerpts from the interview in articles in Billed Bladet #11 and DR1. Alexandra frygtede for sit liv - dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland
At one point Alexandra was in Sri Lanka as patron for UNICEF while there was still a civil war there and she had a serious scare.
She and the Danish ambassador, and her old LiW, Christina Lynge flew onboard a military helicopter.
Christina Lynge: "The ambassador was a bit uneasy with the situation and he was in constant contact with his local sources. (*)
Suddenly heavy shooting is heard (**) and we see fire (***) right in front of our window, Alexandra and I, and we are terrified".
The two women graps each others hands.
Alexandra: "It was one of the few times in my life when I thought: That's the end.
The seconds or minutes that passed were really long. But it's incredible how you enter/approach an emergency like that, I have thought about that since.
I remember that I instinctively looked at the military people, who sat in the helicopter. They looked me straight in the eyes and I could tell that their eyes were not as panicky as ours. That calmed me". (****)
Their helicopter wasn't hit, but the women went around the helicopter to look for themselves: "You have to see with your own eyes, because it was such a violent episode. We needed to see that there weren't any holes in the helicopter, so we instinctively went around the machine when we landed".
Then it was back to business. (*****)
But Alexandra also talks about the funny parts of her life: "The most fun part has difinitely been becoming a mother, to see my children grow up. To see them interact, follow them and listen to all the amusing thoughts and remarks. And then I can be spontaneous in my every day life now. To say: We just do it, no matter what it is. It could perhaps be a little difficult beforehand, but I've always tried to be spontaneous in the opportunities I have had and within what was allowed/allowable. Because I believe spontaniety is a part of life and makes it extra lovely".
The divorce is also touched and Alexandra has not regretted anything: "I have thought a lot about the decisions I have made in life, but I'm happy for them. I regret nothing. None of the great decisions in life has been made, without me thinking them through very carefully. That's why I can say that I'm glad I made these decisions. I stand by them and I always have. You become a stronger person, if you dare make decisions and stand by them. You fill up the suitcase with all the things and experiences life gives you, but it's also important that you from time to time take a look inside the suitcase. The things in there represents your life and you can always learn from what you have been through during your life. When that is said I have never dwelled at or reflected so much about would it would mean/the consequences. Neither in regards to life in the public glare or the fact that I can now sit fairly undisturbed at a cafe with friends. I live very much in the present and I don't think so much about what the future will bring - or dwell at the past. I think I have reached an age, where I have become better at enjoying the day to day and the life here and now".
- I will not listen to that programme. It's Saturday afternoon! Who listen to a radio show Saturday afternoon anyway?
So if anyone else is listening, it would be interesting with a review.
(*) The Sri Lankan military.
(**) Presumably from the escorting helicopter.
(***) Tracer rounds.
(***) The security officers mentioned in the article were probably from FET. FET provided security at the Danish embassy during the worst parts of the civil war. And coming from the military it's natural Alexandra refers to them as military people.
It would also be more natural for a FET agent to calm Alexandra by looking her in the eyes, rather than a Sri Lankan soldier.
(****) Tracer rounds are pretty spooky. As a thumb-rule: If you can follow the tracer rounds without problems with your eyes, they are not shooting at you. If you have problems following the tracers, the fire is aimed in your general direction.
But often, if not most of the time, you are never even aware that someone is shooting at you.