I think the relations are very formal. At a photoshoot Felix adressed Marie as Princess and not by her name. Joachim responded akward and said that Felix was allowed to say Marie. And then he laughed embarresed.
Actually I also think Marie acted a bit odd at the baptism of little Henrik towards Nikolai.
Nikolai gave her a paper formed as a plaine and she took it and looked cold and then gave it back to the poor child.
Well, Joachim is the stickler for people being called by their title, isn't he?
Also, Nikolai was throwing paper planes during Henrik's baptism.
I didn't see Nikolai throwing paper planes. But still why couldn't she just take the paper plane?
When you get a gift from a child especially a stepson you just take it with a smile, don't you?
if he has to adress her princess, she would be content with that, I should think.
I wouldn't call a paper plane a gift. It wasn't the place or the occasion for high spirits, Nikolai is old enough to be told that. There is a way to teach children proper behavior in social situations without being harsh or unkind, I saw nothing in Marie's response to say that she was either.
As for calling her princess, Marie is
a princess. Joachim seems to be a formal kind of guy, unlike Frederik, I would not be surprised to find that his children were a reflection of him. It is odd nowadays and it does seem supercilious, why, over in Spain I have always found the way they sign their title after their name (the Infantas and their spouses do that too) very pretentious, I much prefer the English custom of using their first name and the Latin initial for their title, it's more dignified imo. If Marie likes to be called Princess, she is not unlike her sister-in-law, who simple loves
to be called Crown Princess.
I noticed l-i-w Caroline curtsied twice to Mary, once when they neared the altar, and the other when Mary came to her seat. These people are all conscious of their privilege in life, it comes with the territory, and as former commoners, it's not surprising if these two women are rather impressed by the status.