Sunrise's Nat Barr and Matt Shirvington call out Princess Mary: 'Go back to your roots'

The morning show hosts have taken aim at Princess Mary ahead of Australia taking on Denmark in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

She's a proud Australian woman but Princess Mary of Denmark will no doubt have a hard time choosing her allegiance when the Matildas take on Denmark in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Australian women's national football team will take on Denmark's national side on August 7th, with the match shaping up to be a nail-biter for football fans everywhere.

Nat Barr and Matt Shirvington on the new look Sunrise desk
Nat Barr and Matt Shirvington looked less than impressed at the prospect of Princess Mary not supporting the Matildas. Photo: Sunrise

Sunrise reporter Georgia Chumbley mentioned the Crown Princess of Denmark while reporting on the upcoming game, saying Princess Mary will be torn during the game.

“What we do know is there will be some very anxious Aussies watching that game - in particular one who will be torn as to who to barrack for, Australian-born Danish royalty Princess Mary,” she said.


“She’s previously faced discussions around this before when the men’s Socceroos faced Denmark last year in the Men’s World Cup.

“But I think that maybe she’ll be barracking for Australia in her heart, but officially for Denmark.”

Nat Barr and Matt Shirvington looked shocked when the cameras panned back to the studio, with Shirvo commenting: “Born and bred in Australia. Come on. You’ve gotta go back to your roots.”

Fellow Sunrise co-host Nat Barr agreed, saying: “Yeah, Tassie girl. Yeah.”

Princess Mary in a tiara
Princess Mary will be Queen of Denmark one day. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, sports reporter Mark Berreta said he felt sorry for Princess Mary's husband, Prince Frederik.

“He’ll be copping it for the next week or so,” he said.

Shirvo clarified: “When the Matildas win!”

Nat Barr wasn't having a bar of it though, saying she believes Mary will be secretly flying the Aussie flag while watching the match.

“I can see Mary sitting in one of the palaces screaming at the TV. Come on Aussie!” she said.

During the Rio Olympics in 2016, Princess Mary was visiting a school when an Australian journalist asked her who she would be supporting.

"I'm looking forward to following not just the Danish athletes [but everyone]," she said.

The journalist pushed on: "Will there be a little bit of support for the Australian athletes?"

Mary replied: "Absolutely, long as they're not competing against a Dane".

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