Dutch Crown Princess Amalia, 18, is forced to live with her parents instead of her student accommodation in Amsterdam due to threats, and only goes out to attend university, the royal family said on Thursday .
Security measures around the princess have recently been considerably reinforced because the authorities fear an attempted kidnapping or attack. The situation is “really very difficult”, King Willem-Alexander told a press conference during a state visit to Sweden.
“It’s not a student life for her”
According to Queen Maxima, the threats surrounding the princess – who is in the first year of a bachelor’s degree in politics, psychology, law and economics (PPLE) – have “enormous consequences” on her life. “She didn’t leave the house. That means she doesn’t live in Amsterdam, she can’t really go out. The consequences are very difficult for her,” said the queen, visibly moved. “It’s not student life for her,” added the royal couple, who live in The Hague.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte described the situation as “terrible” and said he was “very worried”, Dutch public television NOS reported. “I guarantee you that our security services are working hard day and night to ensure his safety,” Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius said on Twitter. The popular Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported in September that security had been tightened around the princess due to threats from the criminal underworld which also targeted the prime minister.
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