Dutch princess to turn down royal allowance when she turns 18

The heir to the Dutch throne has decided for the next few years not to accept the 1.6 million euro (£1.3 million) annual allowance she is entitled to once she turns 18 in December.

Princess Amalia sent a handwritten letter to prime minister Mark Rutte informing him of her decision on Friday.

She said she would repay the money — which will still be deposited in her account — while she is still a student.

Mark Rutte (Niall Carson/PA)

The payment is made up of about 300,000 euros directly to the princess and 1.3 million to cover staff costs and other expenses.

The princess heard on Thursday that she had passed all her high school final exams and is planning to take a gap year before going to university.

“I find it uncomfortable as long as I can offer little in return and other students have it so much more difficult, especially in these uncertain corona times,” the princess wrote.

Mr Rutte wrote back to congratulate Amalia on graduating high school and said he understood and appreciated her decision.

The move comes at a time of declining popularity for the House of Orange in the Netherlands.

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander (Peter Nicholls/PA)

Amalia’s parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, were criticised last year when they took the family to their holiday home in Greece amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The family cut the trip short and flew home after the public outcry.

In a video message issued after their return in October, a sombre Willem-Alexander told the nation: “It hurts to have betrayed your faith in us.”

The holiday did not breach coronavirus restrictions, but came days after the government introduced what it called a “partial lockdown” in a bid to rein in soaring infections.


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