Princess Amalia, who is the heir to the throne of the Netherlands, has decided for the next few years not to accept the allowance she is entitled to every year once she turns 18 in December.
Amalia’s allowance is approximately 1.6 million euros ($ 1.9 million) per year.
The princess sent a handwritten letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte informing him of her decision on Friday. She said she would refund the money – which will still be deposited into her account – while she is still a student.
The payment is made up of approximately 300,000 euros directly to the princess and 1.3 million to cover staff costs and other expenses.
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The princess learned on Thursday that she had passed all of her high school leaving exams and is now considering taking a year off before going to college.
“I find it uncomfortable as long as I can offer little in return and the other students have it so much harder, especially in these uncertain crown times,” the princess wrote.
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Rutte responded to congratulate Amalia on graduating from high school and said he understood and appreciated her decision.
The move comes at a time when Maison Orange’s popularity in the Netherlands is waning.
Amalia’s parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, came under heavy criticism last year when they took the family on vacation to their vacation home in Greece amid the pandemic of COVID-19.
The family cut the trip short and rushed home after a public outcry during the holidays.
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In a video message released after their return in October last year, a grim Willem-Alexander told the nation: “It hurts to have betrayed your faith in us. “
The holiday did not violate coronavirus restrictions, but came just days after the Dutch government introduced what it called a “partial lockdown” in an effort to curb the spike in infections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.