Margarita's husband demands access to dog
11 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn is demanding "parental access" to his dog, Paco, who is currently living with his estranged wife Princess Margarita.
11 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn is demanding "parental access" to his dog, Paco, who is currently living with his estranged wife Princess Margarita.
De Roy van Zuydewijn has lodged legal action against Margarita and the case will be heard in Amsterdam Court on Thursday 17 February, his lawyer Gabriël Meijers said on Friday.
The royal couple have lived separately for some time and De Roy van Zuydewijn is demanding Margarita provide access to his dog or risk a fine of EUR 500 each day.
But Meijers refused to answer questions about the health of the animal, asserting that dogs also have right to privacy, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Princess Margarita — the daughter of Princess Irene, whose sister is Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands — publicly confirmed rumours in October 2004 that she wanted a divorce from De Roy van Zuydewijn.
She placed a newspaper article asserting that she was looking for her estranged husband to proceed with the divorce proceedings. De Roy van Zuydewijn later said he was at home in France as usual.
The couple also made headlines in 2003 when they claimed in a series of magazine interviews that the royal family had spied on them. It was alleged that the royal family did not approve of De Roy van Zuydewijn and conducted a smear campaign damaging his business dealings.
But Margarita apologised for her indiscretions in August 2004 — some 18 months after going public about the row with her family — and later abandoned a damages claim lodged against the Dutch State and the royal family.
De Roy van Zuydewijn claims he is still proceeding with the legal action, demanding compensation for personal and business damages. The suit is based on the fact the Dutch security service AIVD ran a background check of him on request from the royal family.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news