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For the first time, member of the Royal House waives allowance: ‘Good social antenna’

A similar issue arose in Belgium in 2019. It was then announced that Crown Princess Elisabeth, two years older than Amalia, would not receive an allowance of 920,000 euros per year for the time being. Her parents, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, thought that their daughter should be able to study first, without the obligations that come with such an allowance.

Vorsten editor-in-chief and royal family expert Marcella has the impression that Amalia has made the choice herself. “Although of course that was absolutely in consultation with her parents.”

Evers suspects that too. “Of course you can think: she does this under pressure. But I really think Amalia decided this herself. She grew up in a pretty normal way; hangs out a lot with peers. Maybe someone has said jealously: you are easy to talk to your 1.6 million.”

Backpacking in Asia

He and Marcella both emphasize the good timing of the letter, right after her graduation and before her gap year. Evers: “When photos of her appear, backpacking in Asia or behind the bar of a restaurant in Patagonia, the Dutch do not have to say that it is ‘of their money’.”

It would be different if Amalia immediately set out after she was 18 to represent the Netherlands, like her parents, says Marcella. “Then you are in office and you need a court, for example. But Amalia says: I want a gap year and I cannot reconcile that with the money that is attributed to me. That seems very sensible to me. And let’s not forget: it’s not the case that mom and dad are on welfare.”

For the first time, member of the Royal House waives allowance: ‘Good social antenna’
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