How was Ursa's abscence explained by Ozai?

Her disappearance must have been quite the palace intrigue in the Fire Nation.

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    I believe her banishment was part of a plot to save his place on the throne, or something to that effect. She was labeled traitorous. Banishments seem to be a publicly made thing. – B.fox Nov 7 '18 at 23:09

Treason, but unkown on what grounds.

In the comic The Search (2013), it's revealed that after the death of Iroh's son, Ozai asked Fire Lord Azulon to become the next heir. That was seen as a great disrespect, and Ozai had to exile his son Zuko to make up for it. Ursa heard of it and made a deal with Ozai; she'd make an untraceable poison for him to kill Azulon, but Zuko would be safe. Ursa had to leave after that, as Ozai couldn't trust a resentful poison-maker at his side.

So how was Ursa leaving presented to the public? Probably Ozai couldn't say anything about the poison thing, and the exact details aren't given, but Ursa was said to be a traitor. This is evidenced by the comic Smoke and Shadow (2016), where Ukano, leader of the New Ozai Society (a rebel group not acknowledging Zuko as Fire Lord), talks about "the traitorous Ursa".

As a reminder, Ukano is the Fire Nation officer who was stationed in Omashu, an important Earth Kingdom city. He's also father to Mai, and to Tom-Tom, who was "kidnapped" by Team Avatar in "Return to Omashu" (S02E03). My point is that while being an Ozai fanatic, there's no indication Ukano was "in the know" about what happened to Ursa, and was likely given the same reason as everyone - namely, that of treason. Note that the booing crowd seems pleased by the "treason" explanation as well.

rally speech by Ukano

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