This is quite the whodunnit, Miss Marple. Who drove J&M out of town?
Was it Mary with the dagger of the tabloids in Amaliensborg?
The interrogation of the motive and means:
1. Daisy tolerates Mary, loves Marie.
2. Frodo hates/resents/tolerates Mary, loves his kids.
3. Mary threatening to run-off would have made everyone glad. They might even have paid her to do if the right amount was available. Then Jokke could act as regent until Xtian is old enough to ascend the throne.
4. Frodo is too depressed/medicated to rustle up the energy for a bust-up with his brother.
What could have woken Fred up long enough to exile his brother over the position he has taken little interest in?
PeDe for the appanage AND salary correction
It comes unexpectatly, but here is my idea why: Society is changing. Hierarchies are flatter, the support for the monarchy dwindles in general and also the idea that someone is born rather than elected in a position becomes more and more alienating. Now with Covid people will look very carefully where their tax money is being spend and for what.
Then you have the DRF - eight children in the next generation. Four for each brother. Let's look at Jokke's family:
(1) Alex: Was incredibly popular and back then it was possible that the Danish people footed the divorce bill which did not come cheap.
Then the Martin disaster and question: Was she really worth ALL that money?
(2) Nikolai: Does not participate (as not son of heir) but has personal financial advantages from being a member of the DRF (indirectly be-
cause of dad's money) and lately because it got him a high profile modelling job.
(3) Felix: Just 18. Too young to stir trouble.
So finance might be a reason.
The other reason: Marge is 80. She is clever and knows that someday, most likely within the next decade, king Frodo will follow into her footsteps. And it is clearly visible that king Frodo is not ready. Nor is he motivated to be ready. Most of the time you wonder "what is that guy doing all day?". We saw what he was not doing - last autumn. The world's leaders gathered in Auschwitz - while Frodo was preparing a shooting weekend. That says all that needs to be said. Ironically there was not shitstorm about that. People ignored it - which might have showed Marge: People don't care about the monarchy that much anymore. It largely went unnoticed.So her cleverest bet was to hope that people would never really ask why king Frodo is keeping a low profile. So she sent Frodo to Switzerland to see if anyone would miss him (of course not, as nothing changed for the Danes). She and her sister started running the show.
That was the moment when she realized - she had to get rid of Jokke and Marie, because, in contrast to gawky Marie and Frodo, they would do a good job and people might realize "why is the brother of the king doing a better job than the king?". So she sent them to France. If Jokke had not spilled the beans it would have looked as if he wanted out - but the truth was - they wanted him out.
So now Frodo and Mares can rule without any "comparison couple" beside them, hoping that Christian and Izzy can help and charm the Danes with their youth and spirit.
ITA until Maroon text, Miss Marple. Here is why:
The same argument of taking attention away from an emerging scandal/inept/scandalous royal is advanced by rabid stans of ex(ish)-royals to cover for a criminal investigation of said royal in another family. The reporting shows that it did not make the slightest difference. The failure of Frodo has been factored into the future of the monarchy. It is a similar principle companies use in issuing profit warnings to avoid a bloodbath in the markets.
Frodo is ignored because he has been assessed to be irrelevant. The benefit of a constitutional monarchy is quite a different matter altogether.
Since there is little added value by the person who will hold the position, the question then is how can one retain a constitutional monarch while minimizing the cost to the tax-payer. What is the minimum number of royals required to maintain the institution? Joachim can do cartwheels in space and it would not change the equation.
Joachim is credited with intelligence. Whether it is just relative to his brother or comparable to bright people in general society, how would one tell? Is it too much to expect from a Joachim comparably intelligent to other bright people in general society, to plan for a future in which the 6th in line is surplus to needs? I don't think think so.
If one can pose the argument that people in positions of authority and responsibility around him should shoulder some of the blame for how an ex-ish royal turned out, a similar principle can be applied to the DRF. I have often thought Marge a terrible, neglectful mother. She may have failed Frodo but in this "banishment" she has given Joachim a gift of a chance at a fulfilling career where only the Peter Principle and NOT the archaic Primogeniture Principle can halt his advancement. She can do no more. It is up to Jokke to see the gift or the slight in it.
Should Jokke still receive an apanage? All the perceptions of scape-goatism in the world should not prevent that question from being addressed. Monarchies survive through adaptation. The Saxe-Coburg-Gothas changed their name; Felipe has given up his inheritance from his father; CG has stripped grand-children, (including those of his beloved son) not in the direct line of succession, of their royal titles. Dishers would be able to come up with a list of sacrifices/changes made by other reigning royal families to ensure their survival. The DRF is not yet in peril so living off the fat of the land may still seem viable but for how long? Rather jump than be pushed. Clearly Jokke hates being pushed, even if it's for his own good.
Super-sleuthing, Miss Marple