Princess Mary's Aussie bridesmaid says her best friend's wedding gave her a 'toxic belief of love'

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Princess Mary’s bridesmaid Amber Petty has spoken out about her best friend’s 2004 wedding, after she stood by her side while Mary Donaldson became a Danish crown princess.

Tasmanian-born Amber opened up about how difficult it was for her seeing her best friend’s love story come to life and how it affected her in the years after.

Amber Petty has opened up about how princess mary's wedding affected her. Photo: Instagram/Amber Petty

“I think that experience really amplified my very toxic beliefs about love,” Amber told New Idea.

“I was in the middle of this huge thing that everyone called a fairytale, which was this unexpected amazing love story, and it really just amplified to me, ‘Oh, you’ll never have a love story’.

“There were some pretty dark years after that wedding experience; not just because of that, but it was one part of it.”

Amber Petty has spoken out about her friendship with Princess Mary. Photo: Channel Seven
Princess Mary married Prince Frederik in 2004. Photo: Getty Images

It’s not the first time Amber has opened up about the wedding, appearing on the Today show in January to talk about the difficulties she’s experienced since then.

“Obviously, when your best friend moves to another country and then she enters into a situation that means that she has to conform and be part of a different environment - and also people have ownership over her - naturally, no matter how tight we are, and we’re still very very close to this day, so I didn’t lose her - but I lost what we had and I loved what we had,” Amber said. 

“We were so close and we could just talk about everything  whenever we wanted and that got taken away.”

Amber Petty was one of Mary's bridesmaids, alongside Jane Alison Stephens and Patricia Anne Bailey. Photo: Getty Images

Amber told Page 13 at the beginning of January: “Losing my best friend in a sense, I mean we are still really close, but losing her after the royal wedding was a really difficult 10 years.

“I wasn’t in a good emotional space and it really forced me to either fall off the grid mentally, or to seek help.”

Amber has now turned to energy healing and believes her new spiritual path saved her life. 

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