The royal family made headlines this weekend when it was discovered that they had taken a government jet and flown to their holiday villa in Greece. Last night, Princess Amalia and Princess Alexa returned to the Netherlands.
The return of the two princesses has once again sparked controversy over the matter. This is because it was unknown that they had stayed behind when the rest of the family flew back. Rutte knew this, but decided not to mention it in his letter to the House of Representatives.
KLM seems to be doing good business, as the royal family explains that there were not enough seats on the KLM flight that they took home on Saturday. The King, Queen, youngest princess and a security guard took the last four seats on the flight.
Not of importance
The question of why it took so long for the sisters to return, remains. Even the Royal House reporter, Kysia Hekster, is unsure. “That was not because no flights were available in the intervening days. It is unclear why” she tells the NOS. Hmmm….warmer weather, no parents…yes it’s a complete mystery.
Hekster believes that the Prime Minister would have known that the princesses had stayed behind but chose to leave this out of his letter.
The NOS reports that according to Rutte, it was only important that the King and Queen return because of the example they must set during these times. The issue of their daughters, remains a “private matter”.
However, politicians remain critical of Rutte’s approach to the matter, saying that by not addressing the issue in his letter, he has allowed for more controversy.
SP Member of Parliament Ronald van Raak describes it as “a stupid provocation that unfortunately only increases the damage”, the NOS reports.
Hekster is in agreement, telling the NOS “If you want a story to end, you shouldn’t approach it like that. Now you are unwillingly going to rekindle the discussion you wanted to close. It may be that he sees it as a private matter, but in any case he does not achieve the peace he likes around the king.”
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