Princess Catharina-Amalia (AKA the future queen of the Netherlands) just made an extremely mature decision ahead of her 18th birthday.
The royal recently penned a handwritten letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, where she rejected the $1.9 million yearly allowance she’s supposed to inherit when she turns 18 in December. (Yes, you read that right.)
“On 7 December 2021, I will be 18 and, according to the law, receive an allowance,” she wrote in the message (which was published by NOS). “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 Catharina-Amalia went on to explain that she won’t accept any money “until I incur high costs in my role as Princess of Orange.”
The princess recently graduated from Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague and revealed that she’s taking a gap year before college. During this time, Catharina-Amalia will repay her education costs (around $400,000) without help from the royal family.
It’s important to note that not every member of the Dutch royal family gets an allowance when they turn 18. It’s only given to future monarchs and ends when they take over the throne.
We already have so much respect for Princess Catharina-Amalia.
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