It has been confirmed that the heir apparent to the Dutch throne, Princess Catharina-Amalia, stated that she does not want to benefit from the $2 million annual allowances she is entitled to when she turns 18 in December.
In her shocking statement, the young royal confessed that she felt “uncomfortable” taking the money.
The eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands explained that she did not want to receive the impressive sum for “as long as she didn’t do anything in return for it” and decided to delay the allowance until she started performing her royal duty as Princess of Orange when her father can no longer reign.
Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands made her decision known by sending an official handwritten statement to the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
The future leader explained in her letter the reasoning behind her decision to temporarily give up her allowance.
The Princess stated that it was not fair for her to receive such a large income when she did not do anything to deserve it, especially when so many of her academic peers were having a “much tougher time of it, particularly in this period of coronavirus.”
In addition, the young royal claimed that in time she would return the nearly $400,000 which she was given yearly during her student years.
The teenager revealed: “On 7 December 2021, I will be 18 and, according to the law, receive an allowance. I find that uncomfortable 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.”
Princess Amalia, who recently completed her education at the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague with great success, graduated cum laude.
She uploaded a brief video where she is celebrating the milestone by following the Dutch tradition of raising the country’s flag along with her backpack.
She shared the happy news: “I just got a call with the news that I passed! I want to congratulate all other graduates and wish other students good luck with any resits in the second period.”
Princess Catharina-Amalia also took the opportunity to announce that she will take a break for one year before continuing her education at college.
The Princess of Orange explained that she still wanted to learn, just not at school. She revealed that while she really enjoyed her education for the past fourteen years, she preferred to travel and discover the world over the course of the following months.
After her gap year, Princess Amalia plans to return to her studies and will not claim the $1.6 million in expenses she is supposed to receive.