Dutch Princess Catharina-Amalia, the future queen of the Netherlands, has moved into a palace in The Hague and ‘can’t really get out’ in a sea change from her plans to attend university and live as a ‘normal student’ .
“It has enormous consequences for his life,” Queen Máxima told a news conference on Thursday during a state visit to Sweden. “It means she doesn’t live in Amsterdam and she can’t really get out.”
The princess has struggled to try to live a more normal life, such as giving up the allowance she was entitled to when she turned 18, a sum of about $1.9 million a year.
“I find it uncomfortable as long as you don’t do much in return and other students have it much harder,” Amalia wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte about her decision.
His first day at the University of Amsterdam attracted immense public attention. After the initial murmur died down, he discovered that his safety was threatened. Local media reported that Amalia’s name appeared in communications between organized crime gangs, raising fears of an attack or kidnapping, Euronews reported.
The princess will continue to attend classes, but she will no longer remain in a student residence as she had been at the beginning of her education.
“There is no student life for her, as other students have,” said the queen. “I am so proud of her and how she keeps everything going.
“It excites me a little,” the queen added. “It’s not nice to see your son live like this. He can go to college, but that’s about it.”
King Willem-Alexander, Amalia’s father, said he found the situation “really very difficult.”
Dutch Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius said she could “guarantee” that the security services have worked hard to ensure the princess remains safe, but said she could not share any specific details of the threats to the security.
The princess attended college with plans to pursue bachelor’s degrees in politics, psychology, law and economics, according to People magazine. She took a sabbatical after passing her exams to qualify for university.
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