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King Willem-Alexander addresses Princess Amalia’s security concerns

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Dutch Princess Amalia, 18, has moved out of her university student halls and back into Huis ten Bosch amid fears that criminal gangs have been plotting to attack or kidnap her. King Willem-Alexander, 55, and his Argentine wife Queen Maxima, 51, delivered an emotional statement shortly after the announcement.

Maxima said: “She didn’t go to live on her own.

“You probably heard about the news about this.

“It has enormous consequences for her life.

“It means, of course, that she doesn’t live in Amsterdam and that she cannot really go outside.”

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She added: “I am really proud of her for how she is coping with this, I honestly have to say that.”

Willem-Alexander was far franker when pressed on how he felt about the matter.

When asked what this meant as a father, the King said: “I cannot describe, very difficult. Yes.”

At the end of their statement, the Queen added: “You can see it, I get a bit emotional of course.

“It is not nice to see your child not having fun.”

The decision to move Amalia some 18miles from the Dutch capital to the Royal Family’s palace in the Hague came after De Telegraaf reported that the Princess and Holland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte had been named in intercepted messages between criminals.

The newspaper claimed that security services were planning for a possible kidnap attempt or attack.

Responding to the news, Mr Rutte said that he could not give further details but insisted that “everyone involved is doing their best to ensure that she is safe”.

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According to the Telegraph, the Netherlands has been struggling to contain increasingly powerful organised criminal gangs.

Two Justice Ministers even admitted that the current situation is threatening the rule of law in the country following a series of high-profile murders linked to a court case against a drug kingpin.

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