Princess Catherine Amalia, 17, did not comment on the matter and knows very little about her personal life. This problem arose after a recently published book believed that the country’s rules ruled out the possibility of same-sex royal couples.
But Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that times have changed since one of his predecessors last solved the problem in 2000.
“The government believes that heirs can also marry the same sex,” Rutte wrote in a letter to Parliament.
“Therefore, the Cabinet believes that the heir to the throne or the king should abdicate if they want to marry a same-sex couple.”
Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001.
Rutte said that there is a problem that remains unresolved: how same-sex marriage will affect the inheritance rights of the royal couple’s children. He said that there is no point in trying to make a decision now.
“It all depends on the facts and circumstances of the specific case, as you can see by reviewing how family law has changed over time,” he wrote.
Unlike ordinary marriages, royal marriages need to be approved by Parliament. Members of the Dutch royal family sometimes give up their inheritance rights and marry someone without permission.