He is tall and handsome so modelling is a career option for him and yes models do pose for commercial shoots. That is part of their job. He no doubt discussed this career choice with his parents and if Joachim saw any trouble in it he might have spoken to the Queen about it.
Had Nikolai taken a job filling the shelves of a supermarket like many other youngsters less blessed in the looks department or got a job selling clothes in a boutique, working in a call centre or labouring for a building company would he be in the clear?
If you want Royals not to be part of commercial activities then you have to pay them. With two sons and 8 grandchildren i get that the Danes opt not to do so.
That means you have relatives of the monarch making a living. As long as he stays away from criminal activities or overtly political stuff he should be free to do so in his chosen manner.
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