Liberal MP Arend Jan Boekestijn has resigned after giving reporters details about a confidential meeting between 50 MPs and queen Beatrix.
Boekestijn told RTL news the queen is concerned about many things happening in the Netherlands and Europe. When pressed for details, he said the queen was worried about the divide between voters and politicians and the ‘hype culture’ in parliament.
In his resignation statement later, the MP said he sincerely regretted talking about the meeting. ‘Sometimes you just do really stupid things,’ he said.
Two other meetings between MPs and the monarch will go ahead as planned. It is the first time in 10 years that the queen has held informal meetings with MPs. They were scrapped then because of the number of leaks.