Edwin still suing State over 'royal intrusion'

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn has confirmed to the media that his marriage to the queen's niece, Princess Margarita, is over and they are to seek a divorce.

16 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn has confirmed to the media that his marriage to the queen's niece, Princess Margarita, is over and they are to seek a divorce.

His lawyer Gabriel Meyer said on Monday the divorce would not stop him from pursuing a multi-million claim against the Dutch state for invasion of privacy and damaging his business interests.

In 2002 Princess Margarita and her husband gave lengthy interviews to current affairs magazine HP/De Tijd. They said the royal family had been against the marriage and had run a damaging whispering campaign against commoner De Roy van Zuydewijn.

They also claimed the security service AIVD (then BVD) conducted an investigation into his confidential social welfare file and Margarita's conversations with her relatives had been bugged.

Later the government admitted the security service had carried out an investigation on behalf of the royal household.

Last summer the couple indicated they would seek EUR 35 million in damages from the state.

The couple's relationship has soured since then and they have reportedly been living apart for several months.

On Friday Princess Margarita's lawyer Germ Kemper broke the news of the divorce. He said the Princess also apologised to the royal family for "unnecessary injury" caused by the publication of the interviews.

But she intends to continue the legal action against the State.

Kemper went public about his client's divorce plans after criminals tried to sell private correspondence between the couple to the media. The letters were in a bag stolen from Margarita's car in Amsterdam on 31 July.

The police recovered the bag and letters during a raid on a house in north Amsterdam at the weekend. A mobile phone and Margarita's passport are still missing. A man and a woman were arrested.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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