Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova are good friends who ‘meet several times a year,’ a Spanish TV presenter has claimed.
Glamorous Genoveva Casanova, 47, has been at the centre of furious speculation since it emerged that she has formed a friendship with the prince – who is married with four children.
It has now emerged the pair met on a hunting trip and see each other several times a year.
‘They have a friendship. They know each other and have friends in common. They usually meet several times a year,’ Susanna Griso, who presents Spanish TV show Espejo Público claimed.
Griso alleged that Casanova had become close to the heir to the Danish throne after they met on a high end mountain hunting trip.
The presenter explained: ‘These are exclusive meetings, where you have to pay a lot of money to attend. All of the royals and children of the major families are there. The trips are organised mostly in Germany and Austria.’
On trips of this kind, usually in mountainous regions, guests pay thousands of Euros to be able to hunt European big game animals like red deer, Alpine Ibex, wild boar and mouflon wild sheep.
Griso added: ‘Her friends have told me that she is having a very bad time of it.
‘She is in hiding right now and has turned off her mobile phone because she doesn’t want anyone to call her.’
It was the publication of photos in Lecturas magazine that sparked huge media interest in Spain, and the story has been dominating television news and chat shows in recent days.
Divorcee Genoveva Casanova – the former daughter-in-law of the billionaire Duchess of Alba – told Hola! she ‘categorically’ refutes any suggestion the pair are romantically involved, branding it ‘malicious’ and untrue after a Spanish gossip magazine published pictures of them together.
Despite the denials, the allegations has captured attention in many Spanish-speaking countries as people say they were ‘completely unaware’ of the relationship between the reality TV star and royal.
Frederik ignored rumours of an affair with a Mexican socialite as he visited a science park in Lyngby.
The future monarch, who is a fourth cousin of King Charles, met with researchers, of year’s Danish Tech Challenge yesterday.
Yesterday, the couple shared a video promoting their ‘Royal Run’ to Instagram, it has since got a record number of sign ups.
35,000 people have registered for the event, according to Danish media, this is nearly three times last year when 12,500 signed up.
‘We had expected that there would be a lot of interest in buying starting numbers, but what we have experienced today is nothing short of overwhelming, says Morten Mølholm Hansen, who is the managing director of DIF and a member of Royal Run’s steering group,’ said.
Neither Frederik or Mary has commented on the allegations.
The now-annual event started in 2018, with what was meant to be a one-off sporting challenge to celebrate Prince Frederick’s 50th birthday.
However, it proved to be such a hit with the public that the Royal Run has now been held for the past five years, attracting some 70,000 runners annually.
As well as the one-mile run Princess Mary, there are also 10km challenges and 5km races across five cities.
A statement from the socialite said: ‘I categorically deny the statements that suggest a romantic relationship between Prince Frederick and me.’
She added: ‘Any statement of this type not only completely lacks the truth but also misrepresents 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.’
According to Hola!, Crown Prince Frederik’s private trip to Spain was to enjoy art exhibitions, watch flamenco and visit new restaurants.
It is believed that he had planned to attend the Picasso exhibition with a mutual friend he shares with Genoveva – however at the last minute, the friend was unable to go and asked Genoveva to attend in his place.
After visiting the exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, the pair walked through El Retiro Park, before heading to El Corral de la Morería for dinner.
Genoveva Casanova is a Mexican-born socialite living in Spain, who has also dabbled in acting over the years – taking a role in Goya’s Ghosts in 2006.
She has appeared on several reality TV shows in Spain including the nation’s version of the Masked Singer, the most recent series of Spanish Celebrity Masterchef and an all-star version of The Chase.
Between 2005 and 2007 she was married to Spanish author Cayetano Martínez de Irujo, and the couple share two children.
He is one of the five sons of the late Duchess of Alba, who was worth an estimated £2.2billion, and was one of Europe’s wealthiest aristocrats and a direct royal descent from King James II of England.
They divorced in 2008 but have maintained a friendy relationship and she’s said that they still speak every day.
After her divorce, Genoveva was linked to Mexican singer Luis Miguel, although the pair never confirmed if they were in a relationship.
She then dated Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, a Senior Policy Adviser with the UNHCR before coupling up with Spain’s former Minister of Justice, José María Michavila after the death of his wife.
Her most recent romance was in 2022 with José Manuel Gayán Pacheco, an agricultural businessman.
The future King of Denmark and his wife first met in her native Australia during the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Mary Donaldson, then a 28-year-old advertising executive from Tasmania who had no idea the handsome European tourist she had been chatting to for hours was actually Crown Prince Frederik, future king of Denmark.
After the encounter, 32-year-old Fred – who was in Australia to support Denmark’s Olympic sailing team – asked Mary for her phone number and a romance blossomed.
They maintained a long-distance relationship for a year, with Frederik making secret trips Down Under before Mary moved to Denmark to study Danish language at Copenhagen’s Studieskolen in 2001.
In early 2003, Frederik’s mother Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship and the couple announced their engagement at Amalienborg Castle later that year on October 8.
The couple share four children Prince Christian, 18, Princess Isabella, 16, and twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, 12.
Gossip magazines in both Denmark and Australia have published speculation about the state of the royal couple’s marriage over the years, but there is nothing concrete to suggest they are anything but happily married.
The rumours come as the Danish heir to the throne and his Australian wife, Crown Princess Mary, welcome King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain to Denmark on a state visit.
Frederik’s wife Crown Princess Mary displayed no hint of emotion as they paid a visit to the Centre for Danish Agriculture this morning with their guests.
Attending to business as usual, Mary looked sophisticated for today’s visit.
The Danish mother-of-four cut an elegant figure in a forest green trouser suit for the outing in Copenhagen, pairing the trendy jacket and pants with a white blouse.
Mary combined the look with a pair of snakeskin-effect heeled pumps, but forwent a bag, keeping the look minimal and practical.
The Crown Princess, known for her elegant sense of style, opted for a minimal glowing makeup look. Some highlights and a dash of bronze complimented her dewy complexion, and a touch of mascara brought definition to her lashes.
Meanwhile, Letizia looked similarly suave in a cream satin shirt dress with a pleated skirt.
The royal mother-of-two opted for a chic make-up look, pairing her fresh base with a natural lip, and light brown smoky eyeshadow.
Her brown locks were styled in a wavy blow-dry that cascaded down her right shoulder.
Felipe and Frederik styled themselves similarly for the occasion, and both looked dapper in grey suits.
Frederik and Mary took the Spanish royals to Centro de Arquitectura Danes, located in the Tetris-shaped BLOX building in Copenhagen.
Denmark places architecture at the forefront of their creative pursuits, and the modern building celebrates the country’s contribution to the scene on a global scale.
The centre includes a range of interactive activities, including a 40-metre spiral slide, though the royals apparently did not engage in this aspect of the centre today.
It seems that Letizia largely accompanied Mary throughout the visit, while Frederik often disappeared from of the camera shots.
Nevertheless, the Princess put on a brave face and smiled next to her royal guests.