Not even pretending anymore
Day three in Chile sees the Dumble Derfies moving from vacuous passivity as Madam stewed yesterday as Frederik got a pretty ribbon to wear across his chest, to outright contempt today as the couple seems to passive-agressively let Daisy know how much they resent having to fly to the other side of the world to fill in for the queen, and Mary doesn't even bother keeping up the facade of pretending that Derf still tolerates her. These two idiots are a disgrace. But Fred one ups Mary and it's hysterical.
BT gives Derf a 10 on the "coolness-scale" for his sunnies. Very JFK, along with the new, horrible hairstyle of his. He's nudged Mary off the fashion pages, getting everyone all atwitter over his new style choices. What sort of butterfly might be emerging from the gray coocoon of depression that Derf has swathed himself in over the last several years? Mary doesn't like it, that is for damn sure. Even fake Mary isn't keeping up the "happily married couple" joke. She might be finally realising that it's all on her. Poor girl, in her Arlington Cemetery stilettos and hideous Marianne Dulong jewellery, walking over the cobblestones at Pablo Neruda's home with her JFK-lookalike husband, openly making fun of Mary's own Jackie Kennedy moment when they were in Washington, DC. Neruda's poems are very erotically charged works, for which he won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971. No eroticism in the visiting Danes! More like (with apologies to Neruda) Twenty Insults and a Scream of Depair.
Later, on to Mærsk container industry headquarters for the couple, then on to a school for Mary. What izzit with Yrma and stuffed animals and throwing them in kids' faces like a maniacal twit? She did this on her first tour of Africa, while wearing the Princess Margaret pink dress, shoving a stuffed animal in the face of the girl it either belonged to or was receiving it. God, she's got such an ugly social Tourette's that is so weird and alienating. Otherwise, what a privilege for Madam to be able to visit Danish teacher Anna Hansen in the library she established in Valparaiso 10 years ago on the occasion of launching three Danish-authored books in their Spanish translations for the students. Mary seems not to completely understand how she is in the presence of someone who has done something significant with her life, with fewer means than Mary has. The Mary Fund, indeed! All for Mary and nothing for the needy.
In the evening, there was a visit to the fine arts museum for an exhibit of Asger Jorn's works then dinner. Mary squeezed tight into another formal "Princess Margaret" dress with a Wallis Simpson face - sheesh! - no wonder Fred is done with her. How mean, disengaged and contemptuous she is. She's even nasty to her hosts. Oh, Mary. That's such ugly, middle-class behaviour. True royals are nice to the help, even when their world is crashing down around them. You are no royal, Mary!
Video: TV2 (School visit with Anna Hansen)
Video: YouTube (visit to Pablo Neruda house + Mærsk)
Photos: Claudio Santana, Mario Ruiz, Profimedia, Newscom