Petty saves red faces at christening
By Annabel Crabb
January 15, 2006
PRINCESS Mary's best friend and bridesmaid Amber Petty has arrived in Denmark for the christening of the royal heir, despite a minor diplomatic scuffle concerning her attendance.
Danish media have registered disquiet over the prospect that Sydney television personality Petty would bring her new boyfriend - hotelier Mark Alexander-Erber - to the christening.
Mr Alexander-Erber's "links" to the Bandidos bikie group, it was reported, had prompted a private warning from the princess that he would not be welcome.
The intrigue followed the publication last month of photographs showing Petty with Bandidos members at Mr Alexander-Erber's Christmas party in Sydney.
But Petty arrived in Copenhagen alone last week and was welcomed into the royal quarters to help prepare for next Saturday's christening of the three-month-old heir to the Danish throne.
"Amber Petty has chosen sides," concluded the magazine Se Og Hor last week. "She has chosen her friend of many years instead of her boyfriend."
Whether Petty will be a godmother to the baby boy has not been announced; nor has his name, although speculation overwhelmingly backs Christian.
Three hundred guests including European royalty will attend the ceremony.
Source: The Sun-Herald