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Edited by Marianne on 8/3/2017, 13:42:54
There is however one point that is worth mentioning: at the time Prince Joachim was to marry for the first time he did not receive any apanage, but on special request by his mother the Queen he was included in that selective 'club'.
So, when he & Alexandra were to divorce the Queen decided that her former d-i-l was to have her own income which in fact is a payment from the Danish taxpayers. Now thàt is exactly the point that angers many people. The countess is no longer a member of the Royal Family, and what's more, she was married a second time but divorced her second husband too .. however, she continues to profit from the arrangement created by the Queen....
The countess even earns more per year than the Danish Prime Minister, even is she is rarely seen in public, has no function in the RF anylonger and has even sold the mortgage-free villa she received from her 1rst ex. and keeps the millions for herself, while she also receives a lavish income from the Danish State.
I don't think any other Monarchy would tolerate such exurbance (well, Belgium perhaps ... Prince Laurent springs to mind ) for any member of the Rf. And even so: Prince Laurent is a son and a brother of the Belgian former/present King, while the Countess is no longer a member of the RF at all ..
She and her sons were well provided for at the time of the divorce by Prince Joachim and on top of that Queen Margrethe granted her a life-long provision through parliament (taxpayers money!).
Finally, I really think in this time & age it is too mad for words that a country that is widely known & respected for the way it treasures modern values any spouse of the heir to the throne should be dependent of her husband's income !
In my view, but that's my own personal view, that is totally and utterly on-Danish!
Especially seen in the light that a former d-i-l of the Monarch still receives a lavish income of her own (...) while the hard-working other female members of the RF have no income of their own. Rather ironic, wouldn't you say?
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