Crown prince Willem-Alexander on Friday took legal action to demand that the US press agency AP pays a fine of €25,000 every time it publishes an unauthorised photo of his family on vacation, report various media.
According to the prince, the AP has broken the Dutch media code which states that photos of the royal family can only be taken at official photo opportunity sessions.
Participating in these sessions implies a media organisation will abide by these rules.
In his statement read to the court on Friday, Willem-Alexander said that taking pictures of the royal family on holiday puts ‘unacceptable pressure’ on his children.
The prince wants the court to fine AP a maximum of €250,000 if it continues to break the media code.
The court’s ruling is expected in two weeks.
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