British royal reporter Camilla Tominey told Today that she believes the royal couple will not make a statement after the Danish heir to the throne, 55, was pictured by Lecturas magazine in Madrid alongside reality star Genoveva Casanova.
Divorcee Genoveva – the former daughter-in-law of the billionaire Duchess of Alba – told Hola! she ‘categorically’ refutes any suggestion the pair are romantically involved, branding the rumours ‘malicious’ and untrue.
But Ms Tominey said Princess Mary, 51, and her husband will avoid addressing the speculation – instead opting for the British Family’s unofficial motto of ‘never complain, never explain’.
She said: ‘I don’t think the royals are going to respond to it because I think they adopt the mantra of the late Queen Elizabeth of ‘never complain, never explain’. The more they address it the more they fuel the fire, I’d suggest.’
Genoveva and Frederik were seen out and about on the streets of Madrid in the photographs. Neither the Prince or his Australian-born wife Mary has commented on the allegations.
It has since emerged that father-of-four Frederik and glamorous Genoveva 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 Genoveva 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.
Despite Genoveva’s denial, the allegations have captured attention in many Spanish-speaking countries as people say they were ‘completely unaware’ of the relationship between the reality TV star and royal.
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.