For Princess Mary, a royal romance was in the cards.
Before she met Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the then 28-year-old Australian advertising executive named Mary Donaldson found herself exploring a local flea market.
When she came across a tarot card reader, she decided to give it a try. The fortune teller carefully placed the cards, whose origins date back to mid-15th century Europe, in the traditional pattern on her table, and began turning them over.
The soothsayer told Donaldson that she would leave the workplace where she’d recently been employed to meet a man from abroad. She’d become famous, the clairvoyant said, and move to Europe.
“So I left there and thought, ‘Well yes, that was a lot of fun, but nothing more,’ ” Crown Princess Mary, 45, told Jens Andersen, author of Under the Bar, a new authorized biography of her husband, according to a report in the Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad.
“But I’ve always been interested in the spiritual,” Crown Princess Mary said. “In mystery and fate.”