Images of Crown Princess Mary and husband Crown Prince Frederik ‘secret’ Swiss home have emerged less than a fortnight after it was revealed the couple had rented it out to holidaymakers in the past.
The Danish royals are said to have let the luxe ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland for $14,000 a week (65,400 Kroner) on Airbnb according to Herald Sun.
Unbeknownst to their adoring public, Mary and Frederik have owned the spacious wooden lodge - which features a sauna, three bathrooms and room for 10 guests - for a decade.
Princess Mary’s Swiss side-hustle
While it’s unclear how long the property was rented for and how much revenue was made, news of the Crown Prince and Princess’s lucrative side-hustle has sparked outrage among the country’s parliament, reports Royal Central.
“I was very surprised when I found out that the family does not just have such a house, they have had such a house for 10 years, without any ordinary Danes knowing about it,” parliamentarian Mai Villadsen said.
“We are the ones who pay the money so we must know about the house,” she added.
Like most royal families in the world, the Danes live on a public allowance and are not allowed to spend money on foreign assets - such as a Swiss ski chalet - without approval.
Conservative member of parliament Birgitte Bergman, however, was of a different opinion, saying she didn’t see “anything wrong” with the pair owning the home.
Following the backlash, the Royal Court released an official statement stating the pair had used their own funds to purchase for the property but would no longer accept revenue by renting it out.
“Now it is no longer an anonymous property, so the conditions for rent are no longer the same,” the family’s communications manager said.
“In addition, for the Crown Prince Couple, this makes a difference compared to the possibility of having some privacy. In addition to that, there is also a safety aspect.”
The property is located in Verbier, one of the world's most exclusive ski resorts, and is rented out when they are not using it.
Mary’s move to Switzerland
The Tasmanian-born Crown Princess of Denmark is currently living at the Swiss home for a 12-week stint while her four children attend boarding school.
Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12, and nine-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent have paused their studies at Tranegårdsskolen school in Denmark to enrol at the Lemania-Verbier International School in the Swiss Alps.
“With the school stay, the Crown Prince couple wants to give their children a common experience in an international environment,” photos posted to the Danish royal family’s Instagram read.
Additional reporting Kristine Tarbert.
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