Dutch royal family quit holiday over Coronavirus pressure

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima flew south on Friday while the rest of the nation shut down.

However, the Dutch royal family had to fly home again after just 24-hours after a barrage of criticism on the domestic front.

And although the king and queen did not break any rules in connection with the trip, the couple says, according to the BBC, that they returned home because they were affected by the massive criticism.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has since come under pressure to explain whether he has advised the royal couple on the holiday.

This is not the first time that the Dutch royal family has been in the spotlight for its behavior during the pandemic. In August, the family was seen breaking social distancing rules during another holiday in Greece.

The size of the royal family’s annual budget is currently being evaluated following growing pressure from opposition politicians.