Move over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there might be new royal sweethearts on the scene: the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has an admirer.
Princess Ariane, the nine-year-old Dutch princess, received a Valentine’s letter from a fellow nine-year-old boy named René from Tilburg expressing his deep admiration.
“I think that you are pretty. You are the most beautiful girl in the world,” the letter said, according to Dutch media.
René says he got the idea from school when his teacher taught a lesson about Valentine’s Day and the ceremony surrounding it. He asked his teacher for help writing the letter but was reluctant to reveal the name of his sweetheart. After some prodding, he finally revealed to his teacher that the letter was for the young Dutch princess.
The NLTimes reports that the teacher wrote a first draft of the letter, which René dictated, and he then copied it over in his own handwriting before sending it off to his sweetheart.
René received a reply from King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima thanking him for the lovely letter to their daughter, and told his teacher about it, who shared the news.
Princess Ariane will be in Tilburg next month for King’s Day celebrations on 27 April, the official birthday celebrations of King Willem-Alexander, however, if you’re watching, don’t expect any public declarations of love: René told Omroep Brabant that he won’t go in for a royal kiss, “Not with all the people watching!”