International Royals

Crown Princess Mary pens open letter to Scott Morrison in the wake of the tragic Australian bushfires

The Tasmanian-born royal said she's "proud" of her Australian heritage.

By Alex Lilly
She may be the future Queen of Denmark, but Crown Princess Mary has revealed she is "proud" of her Australian heritage in the wake of the devastating bushfires sweeping across the nation.
The Tasmanian-born royal, 47, penned an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on behalf of herself and her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 51 expressing her "warmest wishes" to those affected by the fires.
Mary and Frederik visited areas affected by bushfires in 2013 during a royal tour of the country. (Image: Getty Images)
"Your Excellency Prime Minister," Mary opened her letter. "In this time of great hardship caused by the ruthless bush fires, my husband and I would like to convey our warmest wishes to the Australian people as we enter a new year."
The royal mum-of-four went on to share her and Frederik's "heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones" along with their "deepest sympathy to the many families who have lost their homes - their livelihoods."
"When the immediate crisis subsides and people can begin to return from where they have fled, our thoughts and concerns will remain with the affected local communities, as it will undoubtedly take great efforts and time for them to rebuild what has been lost. The courage and unyielding efforts of the volunteer firefighters have our deepest respect and admiration."
Mary praised volunteer firefighters for their "courage and unyielding efforts." (Image: Getty Images)
Crown Princess Mary finished her letter by saying how proud she is to have an Australian background and praised the community for their strength and perseverance.
"Following from afar, it makes me proud of my Australian heritage to witness the strong sense of community and the Australian spirit of 'never giving up' in the face of such devastation and adversity," she wrote before signing off with "warmest regards" as Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.
Back when she was newly engaged, the then-Mary Donaldson confessed to 60 Minutes that she'd "always have emotional ties to Australia" despite her future lying in Denmark.
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The Danish royals aren't the only blue-blooded family to lend their support and well-wishes to Australia.
The Queen shared a brief statement on behalf of herself and Prince Philip as did Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were criticised last year for taking a number of flights on private jets despite their climate advocacy wrote, "This global environmental crisis has now been described as Ecocide. It's easy to feel helpless, but there's always a way to help," before recommending a list of organisations to donate to.

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike are currently down under and showed their support for Australia when they attended the Magic Millions Polo tournament on the Gold Coast on Sunday, which helped to raise money for the firefighter's fund.
"Awesome way to kick off @magicmillions week with the @magicmillionspolo . Such a good laugh and a great start to fundraising for the firefighters fund! #magicmillionsfamily @countryroadman @pacificfair," Mike wrote on his personal Instagram account.

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