She said the jealousy was over the house...but why? Surely the band didn't covet his house? Or did they want it to be turned in to a museum? Freddie would not want his house to be a museum, rather he wanted it filled with children, specifically Mary's I think
She isn't the one who made the decision to make the movie...in fact, she could have made a lot of money just writing a book...but she hasn't...she has been very private.
The band on the other hand has made a movie that portrays events and Freddie often inaccurately.
Is this from a printed interview or from a video interview?
If the information comes from a printed interview, then we can’t assume it is correct, or true, given the way some things are made up or mistaken in articles. And the tabloids just make things up entirely sometimes.
Can we just agree about a few things:
1) Freddie was in love with Jim Hutton and Jim brought peace to him in his final years of life. Freddie was also a gay man.
2) Mary Austin truly cared about Freddie and was a good friend to him who not only wanted to see him happy, but if he was happy it made her happy and she was a person who was always there for him if he needed her.
When someone dies all sorts of folk can decide they are *entitled* to whatever. You can criticise that from every angle and it can be partly greed, but it can also be in grief.
3) Mary Austin had no actual input into the content of the film (the cast have said they did NOT have any contact with Mary and so had to completely decide themselves on how she would be in the film.)
Brian (especially) and Roger did. Brian has had kind words to say towards Mary and had either of them held anything against Mary, the film would be unlikely have had so much focus on her and Freddie's connection.
In terms of the original source of this thought, interviews derived from quotes of quotes (especially Lesley Ann Jones being the main source)... I don't know how reliable they are. I can't see why the band would have any cause to begrudge whoever Freddie left his money to...
I will query here, does Mary own the rights to Freddie's legacy? As in, does she have any right to veto a current "Queen" project? I had assumed not, but I ask as it is implied she does by above posters...?
Mary met Brian and Roger at Freddie's 65th birthday memorial bash in 2011, and there were a couple of photos of her with them, or I could be remembering a different event where Brian and Mary were photographed together this decade.
As far as I know Mary had scant contact with Freddie's family after his funeral, and she seems to prefer to stay in private. I don't think the rest of the band could feel in any way jealous about her getting some royalties or living in the house, since they're all super-rich.
The only thing you can imagine is if maybe some of Queen would have liked to have made Garden Lodge some kind of museum for Freddie. In terms of considering Queen as a business, it would certainly have made a lot of money. But I can't imagine any of Queen would have had the desire to do that. It seems to me incredibly intrusive towards Freddie & I don't think the band are about that?
If there was any animosity, it seems long over now in any case.