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The Netherlands

Princess Amalia to stop reimbursing her public allowance in 2025


The Princess of Orange has announced that beginning in 2025, she will no longer reimburse her public allowance.

In a letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday, Princess Amalia wrote that she will stop refunding her constitutional allowance “With the passing of time and following surprising circumstances, it is now foreseeable that I will have to take into account personnel and material expenses with a view to an independent…fulfillment of my function, including a secretariat and reservations for a living and working accommodation.”

She will not, however, accept the salary earmarked for her role until she finishes her studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she is studying for a degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics.

The future Dutch queen has had a rocky road since reaching her majority in 2021. After announcing that she would attend the University of Amsterdam following a gap year, she was forced to withdraw from university housing and move to Madrid due to personal safety threats.

This was only confirmed last month by King Willem-Alexander, who thanked King Felipe and Queen Letizia for their support in helping Princess Amalia settle into the country.

Princess Amalia has been entitled to draw a salary and claim expenses with her duties as Princess of Orange since she turned 18 in 2021, however she wrote a letter to Prime Minister Rutte in June of that year stating that she would refuse to accept these funds “as long as I do not do anything for it in return, and while other students have a much tougher time of it, particularly in this period of coronavirus.”

The funding Princess Amalia is entitled to changes yearly with inflation, however for the current year, she would have been entitled to €1.5 million for expenses and €322,000 for a salary.

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.