Prince takes Party to court
13 June 2007, AMSTERDAM - Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima have taken legal action against tabloid magazine Party because it published pictures of a private family outing last week.
13 June 2007
AMSTERDAM - Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima have taken legal action against tabloid magazine Party because it published pictures of a private family outing last week.
The government information service (RVD) confirmed on Tuesday that the royal couple considers the publication "a serious violation of their privacy."
The photos showed Máxima, princesses Amalia and Alexia, and their nanny during a trip to the beach. The RVD says the pictures are a violation of the media code which the press has agreed to. This code stipulates that the media show respect for the "personal lives" of the royal family.
The RVD says the weekly magazine was given the chance to avoid a court case. "We gave them the opportunity to avoid this as long as they placed a notice of rectification in the magazine, apologised to the royal family, and promised never to do this again. They were also asked to donate some money to charity."
The parties could not agree on how much money this would be however. The RVD claims that Party was only willing to donate a disproportionately low sum, in light of the kind of profits the publication makes off of these kinds of photos.
The RVD is confident that the court will find in the prince's favour. The prince won a very similar case in court in the past.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news