Princess Margarita to divorce

14th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — Princess Margarita is to divorce her estranged husband Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn. The princess has also apologised for going public about a row the couple had with her aunt Queen Beatrix and other members of the Dutch royal family.

14 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Princess Margarita is to divorce her estranged husband Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn. The princess has also apologised for going public about a row the couple had with her aunt Queen Beatrix and other members of the Dutch royal family.

Princess Margarita's lawyer Germ Kemper said however that she did not intend to halt legal action she and her husband are taking against the Royal Family and the State for invasion of privacy.

Kemper announced Margarita's intention to seek a divorce when he responded to reports her bag had been stolen from her car in Amsterdam on 31 July. The bag contained private correspondence between her and her husband.

Criminals offered to sell the letters to the media and this prompted a decision to go public about the divorce.

Gossip magazines Prive and Story had turned down offers to buy the confidential information in the letters. On Saturday newspaper De Telegraaf reported that police had recovered the bag and most of its contents during a raid on a house in the north of Amsterdam. A mobile phone and a passport are still missing. Two women and a man were arrested.  One of the women was subsequently released.

Princess Margarita and her husband married three years ago. In early 2003 they gave a series of interviews to current affairs magazine HP/De Tijd in which they claimed the Royal Family had run a whispering campaign against De Roy van Zuydewijn and damaged his business.

Princess Margarita also suggested her conversations with members of her family were secretly recorded.

She memorably claimed she spotted a hidden microphone, disguised as a screw, sticking out of the wall when she was having a meeting in the office of Eef Brouwers, the head of the government information service RVD.

When the media published photographs of a screw sticking out of the wall, Princess Margarita apologised to Brouwers.

Subsequent inquiries confirmed however that the state security service BVD (now AIVD) had carried out an investigation into De Roy van Zuydewijn on behalf of Queen Beatrix.

Princess Margarita and her husband launched legal action against the royals and the State in the summer of 2002 seeking EUR 30 million for invasion of privacy and damaging De Roy van Zuydewijn's business. The couple's attempts to have the Queen's father Prince Bernhard and Margarita's father and brother called as witnesses failed.

Since then, Princess Margarita has seen a series of lawyers come and go and Kemper, her ninth, is only acting for her and not for her husband.

In June this year it was reported Margarita wanted to mend fences with the Royal Family and had been living apart from De Roy van Zuydewijn for about a year.

Speaking to the media on Friday evening, Kemper also revealed that his client's financial situation was a "reason for concern".

Queen Beatrix let it be known after the announcement about the divorce that she hoped the princess will be allowed space to rebuild her life.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, Dutch royal family, Princess Margarita, Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn


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