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OPINION: Focus on Princess Amalia’s potential and don’t body shame her


Princess Amalia of the Netherlands has been on a trip with her parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, to the Dutch Caribbean.

The Princess of Orange is visiting Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba – all countries Amalia will one day be monarch of; the Royal House has said the tour is meant to introduce the Princess to the Caribbean part of the Dutch kingdom.

While the focus should be on how Amalia has taken to the tour like a duck to water, some have chosen to be downright cruel to the 19-year-old on social media. People have attacked the teenager’s weight, with one person saying she’s “just too fat, especially for her age.”

The Princess of Orange has become a victim of body shaming, but to her credit, she has chosen not to respond to the hateful comments.

However, a body language expert told Belgian reporter Wim Dehandschieter that Amalia’s body language shows that she is well aware of what is being said about her size: “Her insecure body language shows that she is aware of the disgusting comments on her weight.”

Princess Amalia is quite tall and looks healthy. She looks like a normal girl you would see at university, and that’s ok. Not every person needs to look like a Victoria’s Secret model.

This is a girl who will one day be Queen of the Netherlands, and she already has constant pressure on her for her future role. Not only that but her university education, which should have provided her some time to be a typical young woman, was interrupted by threats to her life. She can no longer live in student housing and must live behind palace walls.

As she is embarking on her first royal tour (and doing a fabulous job), she now has to deal with ridiculous comments about her looks.

I ask you, if that was your daughter, sister, niece, or granddaughter, would you want the things being said to Amalia said to them? How would you feel if it was your female family member hearing those things? Surely you wouldn’t like it, and you would defend them. So why is it ok for it to happen to the Princess of Orange?

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.