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Princess Amalia, heir to the Dutch throne, waives the right to annual income | Netherlands

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Princess Amalia, heir to the Dutch throne, has written to the Prime Minister to waive her right to 1.6 million euros (1.4 million pounds) a year in income and personal and household expenses because accepting it would make her feel “uncomfortable “.

Amalia, the eldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander, who on Thursday passed her graduation exams with distinction, and flew her school bag from the palace’s flagpole to celebrate, said in a handwritten letter to Mark Rutte. that he didn’t want to take his assignment until he had the proper royal duties.

“On December 7, 2021, I will turn 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 do nothing in return, and while other students have a much worse time, particularly in this period of coronavirus.”

Princess Amalia’s backpack hangs next to the Dutch national flag in the palace on Thursday. Photographer: Patrick van Katwijk / Getty Images

Amalia said she intended to take a year off and then begin her undergraduate studies. He said he would reimburse the 300,000 euros of annual income to which he was entitled while he was still a student, and he 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 marked the first time a member of the royal family refused to claim his tax-free salary and spending allowance. The Dutch monarchy has overtaken the British as the most expensive in Europe, according to a 2012 study.

The dutch the government last year agreed a royal budget of € 47.5 million for 2021, not including the cost of state visits or palace maintenance, with King Willem-Alexander receiving a salary of € 998,000 and € 5.1 million in official expenses .

His wife, Maxima, received 1.1 million euros, the former Queen Beatriz 1.7 million and Amalia 1.6 million. Pressured by opposition parties, Rutte agreed to an annual cost review, but warned of the “populist” dangers of such a discussion.

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