Dutch princess says she won’t accept royal allowance at age 18

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The inheritor to the Dutch throne, Princess Amalia, has determined for the following few years to not settle for the allowance — value some 1.6 million euros ($2.4 million Cdn) per 12 months — that she is entitled to obtain yearly as soon as she turns 18 in December.

The princess despatched a handwritten letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte informing him of her choice on Friday.

She mentioned she would repay the cash — which can nonetheless be deposited in her account — whereas she continues to be a scholar.

The princes receives about 300,000 euros immediately, and 1.3 million euros cowl workers prices and different bills.

The princess heard Thursday that she had handed all her highschool last exams and now could be planning to take a spot 12 months earlier than going to college.

“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.

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Rutte wrote again to congratulate Amalia on graduating highschool and mentioned he understood and appreciated her choice.

Household’s trip throughout pandemic drew criticism

The transfer comes at a time of declining reputation for the Home of Orange within the Netherlands.

Amalia’s mother and father, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, got here in for harsh criticism final 12 months once they took the household on trip to their vacation residence in Greece amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, seen right here in a 2020 photograph, had been criticized for taking their household on a trip to Greece in the course of the pandemic. (Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Photos)

The household minimize brief the journey and hurried residence after a public outcry.

In a video message issued after their return in October final 12 months, a sombre Willem-Alexander informed the nation: “It hurts to have betrayed your faith in us.”

The holiday didn’t breach coronavirus restrictions,however got here simply days after the Dutch authorities launched what it referred to as a “partial lockdown” in a bid to rein in hovering infections.