Conscious royal: Dutch Princess Amalia says no to allowance

However privileged you might think the Dutch royals are, some of them are at least a bit self-aware. Princess Amalia has said “no thanks” to receiving €1.6 million on her 18th birthday.

She has said that she doesn’t want a state income or expense allowance during her studies. She let Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte know this in a letter, reports

Finding it “uncomfortable”

In the letter she writes, she finds the income “uncomfortable, as long as she can offer little in return and other students have it so much harder.”

Rutte responded to the letter saying: “I wish you a nice gap year, and all the wisdom in choosing a future study.”

Tweet translation: “Princess Amalia’s letter to Prime Minister Rutte.”

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Are you surprised that Amalia has said no to the income? Let us know in the comments!

Feature Image: © RVD / Wesley de Wit

Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.


  1. What she neglected to mention is she is removing herself from the line of succession. THAT would have meant something.


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