Princess Amalia, heir to the Dutch throne, wrote to the Prime Minister to waive her right to 1.6 million euros (£ 1.4 million) per year in personal and household income and expenses, as the accepting would make her “uncomfortable”.
Amalia, the eldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander, who passed her graduation exams with distinction on Thursday – and stole her backpack from the palace pole to celebrate – said in a handwritten letter to Mark Rutte that she did not want to take until she had appropriate royal duties.
“On December 7, 2021, I will be 18 and, according to the law, I will receive an allowance,” Amalia wrote in a letter published by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS. “I find it uncomfortable as long as I don’t do anything in return, and while other students are having a much harder time, especially in this time of coronavirus. “
Amalia said she plans to take a year off and then start her undergraduate studies. She said she would reimburse the 300,000 euros in annual income to which she was entitled while she was still a student and that she would not claim 1.3 million euros in expenses “until I incur high costs in my role as Princess of Orange ”.
NOS said his decision marks the first time a member of the royal family has refused to claim his tax-free salary and expense allowances. The Dutch monarchy has overtaken that of Britain as the most expensive in Europe, according to a 2012 study.
The Dutch government last year approved a royal budget of 47.5 million euros for 2021, not counting the cost of state visits or upkeep of the palace, with King Willem-Alexander receiving a salary of 998,000 € and 5.1 million euros in official expenses.
His wife, Maxima, received 1.1 million euros, former Queen Beatrix 1.7 million euros and Amalia 1.6 million euros. Under pressure from opposition parties, Rutte agreed to a revision of the annual cost but warned of the “populist” dangers of such a discussion.