The inheritor to the Dutch throne, Princess Amalia, has determined for the subsequent few years to not accept the allowance — value some 1.6 million euros ($2.four 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 is able to nonetheless be deposited in her account — whereas she continues to be a scholar.
The princes receives about 300,000 euros straight, and 1.three million euros cowl workers prices and different bills.
The princess heard Thursday that she had handed all her highschool ultimate exams and now’s planning to take a niche 12 months earlier than going to college.
“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 instances,” the princess wrote.
Rutte wrote again to congratulate Amalia on graduating highschool and mentioned he understood and appreciated her choice.
Family’s trip throughout pandemic drew criticism
The transfer comes at a time of declining reputation for the House 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 house in Greece amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The household reduce brief the journey and hurried house 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 religion in us.”
The trip didn’t breach Corona Virus restrictions,however got here simply days after the Dutch authorities launched what it known as a “partial lockdown” in a bid to rein in hovering infections.