Princess Mary and her husband Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark portrayed a united front when they stepped out on November 8 as a “malicious” affair rumour engulfed them.
The rumour – which has been “flatly denied” – emerged when photos surfaced in Spanish publication Lecturas showing Frederik socialising with Mexican model Genoveva Casanova.
Casanova, 47, has refuted the rumours in an interview with Spanish magazine Hola! and has indicated potential legal action over the speculation.
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“I flatly deny the statements that suggest a romantic relationship between Prince Frederick and me,” the model said.
“Any statement of this type is not only completely untrue but also distorts the facts in a malicious manner.”
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Australian body language expert Louise Mahler has analysed footage from Mary and Frederik’s latest appearance and shared her professional opinion on what they showed.
Mary and Frederik attended the Glyptoteket Museum in Copenhagen with Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Frederik’s aunt Princess Benedikte and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, as part of a Spanish state visit.
Spains King Felipe and Queen Felizia of Spain and Denmarks Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visit Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen. Credit: Ida Marie Odgaard/AP
The couple both wore structured suits, with Mary spotted wearing a necklace with her husband’s initial “F”.
But Mahler said there was “no joy shown” in the photos, which were captured as the couple weathers the media storm stemming from the publication of the photos of Frederik and Casanova.
Analysing Australian-born Mary’s demeanour, Mahler said she was “magnificent”.
“Her posture stays upright, her arms are long, her smile,” she told 7Life.
“However, she looks like she is at a state funeral.
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik displayed a united front. Credit: Media Mode
“There is no joy shown, depicted in the lack of lifting of the orbicularis oculi,” Mahler said, referring to the muscle around the eyes needed for a heartfelt smile.
“There are no pictures of eye contact between Mary and Frederik, which looks very telling of anger and disconnection.”
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik during day three of the Spanish royal visit. Credit: Media ModeCrown Princess Mary of Denmark. Credit: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
However, the body language expert stressed that photos could be “taken out of context”.
Frederik’s private trip to Spain fell at the same time Mary travelled to New York from October 23 to 24 as part of an official visit, according to Danish publication Dagens.
While the Danish royal family is yet to acknowledge the report, Casanova, who was born in Mexico and now lives in Spain, has firmly denied the gossip.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark. Credit: Media ModeCrown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Credit: Carlos Alvarez/2023 Getty Images
“I flatly deny the statements that suggest a romantic relationship between Prince Frederick and me,” the model told Hola!
“Any statement of this type is not only completely untrue but also distorts the facts in a malicious manner.
“This is already in the hands of my lawyers, who will take care of the pertinent steps to protect my right to honour, truth and privacy.”
Sources close to Casanova confirmed to Dagens that Frederik and Casanova are “simply old friends with several mutual acquaintances”.
Casanova was previously married into royal lineage, wedding Cayetano Martínez, the current Count of Salvatierra and Duke of Arjona in Spain in 2005.
The couple filed for divorce three years later.
Genoveva Casanova has firmly denied the affair rumours. Credit: Beatriz Velasco/Getty Images
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in May 2023.
They famously met at Sydney bar The Slip Inn during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Mary was 28 and working as a marketing executive when she began chatting to Frederik, then 32.
At first, she was completely unaware he was Danish royalty.
“Half an hour later someone came up to me and said, ‘Do you know who these people are?’,” Mary later recalled in an interview.
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik’s wedding in 2004. Credit: Getty
At the end of the night, Frederik asked Mary for her phone number and called her the next day.
A long-distance romance ensued, with Frederik making several secret trips back to Australia to visit Mary.
Mary moved to Paris, then Denmark, and the couple wed on May 14, 2004.
They have since welcomed four children, Prince Christian, 18, Princess Isabella, 16, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 12.
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