Until the current government came to power the Christian Democrats ruled in Luxembourg and that party left an enormous influence of the Church in affairs of state. The local priest could actually oppose a divorcee becoming a teacher in the local primary school or be promoted as civil servant in the community because the lifestyle of that particular civil servant did not fit in with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
I fear there might be more going on than just the Grand Duchess being strong willed and clashing with some of the staff. We also know she had a difficult relationship with the previous Grand Duchess. If the 30 people who left the court were more in the camp of Josephine-Charlotte and made life difficult for Maria Theresa than it is not strange that since the late Grand Duke Jean died things might have changed at the court.
Yes i have read the stories but that does not mean we at present have a real view of what really happened at the court.
As for Henri defending his wife, i would not expected anything else. He did bring in her humanitarian work and her record on that issue is impressive.
In the country itself she was much loved. MT speaks the native language Letzenbuergisch something JC did not do very well. She is not a grand dame but was always described as warmer and more in touch.
Then there is the not exactly ideal divorce case of prince Louis. His wife was not part of Luxembourg high society but i doubt all 30 courtiers were of that background. So if the commission starts to look into the people leaving court and the individual reasons why that person left/was fired we might find a variety of reasons and possibly only a few who just clashed in character with HRH. That can happen but is not enough ground for the Grand Duke to abdicate.
It is however clear HRH is supporting his wife.
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