Mary and her husband Prince Frederik are the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. Frederik is heir apparent to the Danish throne, meaning should Frederik succeed Mary will automatically become Queen of Denmark.
Woman’s Day exclusively learned that the Danish Prince Joachim is potentially due to exit The Firm.
The reports come as the Danish press have confirmed that after completing military training in Paris, Joachim is reportedly “keeping his future options open.”
Fears have risen in Amalienborg Palace that Joachim will “cut his ties” like Prince Harry did.
There is also speculation he will “distance himself from royal life.”
An insider told Woman’s Day about how Joachim may make his exit.
They said: “Harry and Joachim are very similar men.
“They both grew up being the younger brothers of future kings, with a bit of a ‘spare to the heir’ complex.
“It’s also worth noting that while Fred and William both married women who were prepared to do their duty to their countries as faultless future queens, Joachim and Harry weren’t quite looking for the same thing, and have courted a lot more controversy in their choosing of wives.”
Joachim has now dropped to sixth in the line of succession, behind Frederik and Mary’s four children.
The source said: “Word is Joachim and Marie have been growing unsettled with royal life for years, especially since it feels like they are going nowhere with it.
“They’re very much in Fred and Mary’s shadow, which is a source of frustration for them.
“Ever since Mary came along, Fred has been able to do no wrong in the eyes of the public, and Joachim feels bad Marie has been so overshadowed by her sister-in-law.”
Royal insiders have confirmed that tensions have been growing between Frederik and Joachim in recent years.
A source said: “The fact that Joachim and Marie spent the summer in France rather than with the family at their country castle is very telling.
“It won’t surprise anyone if the palace announces his official exit any day now.”