Dutch princess reveals she is not going to settle for annual allowance when she turns 18

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Princess Amalia, who’s the inheritor to the Dutch throne, has determined for the subsequent few years to not settle for the allowance that she is entitled to obtain yearly as soon as she turns 18 in December.

Amalia’s allowance is value some 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) per 12 months.

The princess despatched a hand-written letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte informing him of her determination on Friday. She mentioned she would repay the cash — which is able to nonetheless be deposited in her account — whereas she remains to be a scholar.

The fee is made up of about 300,000 euros on to the princess and 1.3 million to cowl employees prices and different bills.

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On this Friday, July 17, 2020 file picture, Netherlands’ Princess Amalia poses within the backyard of royal palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, Netherlands.
(Piroschka van de Wouw, Pole through AP)

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

“I discover it uncomfortable so long as I can provide little in return and different college students have it a lot harder, particularly in these unsure corona occasions,” the princess wrote.

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

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

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

The household reduce quick the journey and hurried dwelling after a public outcry on the trip.

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In a video message issued after their return in October final 12 months, a somber Willem-Alexander advised the nation: “It hurts to have betrayed your religion 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.

The Related Press contributed to this report.