Dutch spend R6.5m on king
The Dutch government paid €461 000 (R6.5 million) to erect a fence around King Willem-Alexander’s seaside villa in southern Greece, drawing media criticism and demands for an explanation.
The Dutch monarchy remains popular one year after Willem-Alexander ascended the throne after the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix, but critics say it costs too much, especially at a time when the country is struggling to emerge from a recession.
Documents were published showing a neighbour had received the money for allowing the Dutch to erect a fence on two strips of land bordering the property. The strips of land had a market value of only about €35 000.
Dutch media jumped on the report, with popular web portals questioning the use of taxpayers’ money.