Mabel 'demanded silence' over drug baron

14th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Mabel Wisse Smit demanded her friends stay silent about her past with gangster Klaas Bruinsma when she got engaged to Prince Johan Friso, a journalist has claimed.

14 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Mabel Wisse Smit demanded her friends stay silent about her past with gangster Klaas Bruinsma when she got engaged to Prince Johan Friso, a journalist has claimed.

"I was one of many people from Mabel's circle who knew it wasn't a superficial sailing contact she had with Bruinsma. It was a conspicuously tightly-knot camaraderie," journalist Daniela Hooghiemstra wrote in Friday's newspaper 'De Volkskrant'. "Anyone who raised the issue lost her friendship."

Hooghiemstra, according to herself, was one of Mabel's best friends until information about her past with Bruinsma caused a scandal.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende refused to ask parliament to sanction her marriage to Prince Johan Friso because she had not been open about her previous relationship with Bruinsma, regarded as the first major drugs godfather in the Netherlands.

The marriage went ahead without parliament's blessing, resulting in the Queen's second son losing his right of succession. Nevertheless, Mabel is said to be close to Queen Beatrix.

"People expect you to be spotless or at least appear to be when you marry a prince. You become part of the royal theatre show and are expected to play a perfect role. So, it is tempting to rewrite your past," Hooghiemstra wrote.

Although Mabel has admitted she was wrong to characterise her ties with Bruinsma as superficial, she continues to deny any suggestion of a romantic relationship.

Bruinsma was shot dead on 27 June 1991 in front of the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam by Martin Hoogland, an ex-police officer working for Yugoslav criminals. Hoogland was, in turn, shot dead in 2004.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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