Princess wins joust with gossip mag
4 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Princess Maxima of the Netherlands won a legal action on Wednesday against gossip magazine 'Privé' for claiming she struck her child's nanny.
4 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — Princess Maxima of the Netherlands won a legal action on Wednesday against gossip magazine 'Privé' for claiming she struck her child's nanny.
A court in Amsterdam ordered 'Privé' to pay Maxima EUR 5,000 and to publish a rectification as quickly as possible, or face a EUR 25,000 fine for every week it delays printing the retraction.
'Privé' ran a story in June 2004 in which it claimed Maxima, the Argentine-born wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, had gone through three nannies. It also said she had struck one of them before the nanny was fired.
Rumours about Maxima hitting a nanny had been circulating in gossipping circles for some time prior to the magazine's story. But as with many items of gossip, 'Privé' could not substantiate the claim.
The article suggested the incident had occurred "very recently" last summer. But the royal couple has had only one nanny since November 2004. She stated Maxima has never struck her.
The woman is the second nanny employed since the birth of Princess Amalia, the future queen, on 7 December 2003.
The first nanny left the job, according to sources close to the royal couple, because Maxima did not agree with her approach to child-minding.
The court categorised the article as "thoughtless, very damaging and unprovable". A public figure, such as Princess Maxima, did not have to tolerate every kind of gossip, the presiding judge said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news