King Willem-Alexander has shut down reports that his daughter Crown Princess Amalia will be studying abroad in China. “Well I came back from my trip to South Korea on Wednesday, landed in Paris and I read the news. I was very surprised," Queen Maxima's husband admitted during a recent engagement. “I thought I should call Amalia to see whether she has planned something while I was gone. I didn’t know the story yet.”
The King noted that his 14-year-old daughter found the reports funny. “She [Amalia] laughed hard about it. It’s absolutely not true. It’s totally made up. It’s total nonsense," Willem-Alexander shared. As for why he chose to address rumors, the dad-of-three explained, "I thought it was good to set the record straight as many people took it very seriously. When a story becomes so big, it is good to let people know somebody just made it up.”
VIEW GALLERY Amalia may be following in her father's footsteps by studying abroad Photo: Getty Images
While the future Queen won't be following in her father's footsteps by studying abroad, the King, who studied in the '80s at the Atlantic College in Wales, said, “Amalia is doing great, she feels good. She loves being in school and that’s what she wants to continue doing.”
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf previously reported that the Crown Princess would be finishing her final years of secondary school at UWC Changshu in China. Amalia currently studies at Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in the Hague.
VIEW GALLERY The King and Queen are parents to daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane Photo: Getty Images
Last year, the Dutch King, who is also a father to daughters Princess Ariane, ten, and Princess Alexia, 12, opened up about wanting his firstborn to find herself and travel before one day taking the throne. Willem-Alexander admitted that traveling and meeting interesting people during his teenage and school years helped him accept the fact that one day he would succeed his mother, Queen Beatrix, as monarch.
"I hadn't yet accepted, internalized that I would take over from my mother. I wanted to get to know myself better. You must first get to know yourself through and through. That's what I am constantly emphasizing with Amalia,” the monarch confessed. He continued, "I keep saying: know your own limits. Go everywhere. Make mistakes, as far as possible out of the eyes of the public. I did that, a lot. Festivals, parties everything and more — find your boundaries. It is a good thing to do, without doing it in the public domain."