Princess Catharina-Amalia's 'plus-size' magazine cover slammed

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·2-min read

Spanish gossip magazine Caras has been slammed for calling Dutch Princess Catharina-Amalia ‘plus-size’ on its latest front cover.

The 16-year-old is the eldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the heir to the Dutch throne.

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Dutch Queen Maxima and Princess Amalia on the cover of Caras Magazine. Photo: Caras

Queen Maxima and her daughter never actually posed for the magazine. Instead the cover image was one of several released by the royal family previously.

The headline itself reads: “Maxima's oldest daughter proudly wears her ‘plus-size’ look.”

And the subhead goes on to claim that while going through puberty in the public eye and “facing much criticism”, Princess Catharina-Amalia “wears her figure with pride”.

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However, it’s clear the princess never actually spoke to the magazine, nor has she made any comments about her weight in public.

Royal followers were outraged by the publication, slamming it as 'dangerous', 'disrespectful' and 'shameful'.

“They talk about bullying and they are doing it to them. And they give a very dangerous message to the girls of 16 who read,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“Are they are aware of the damage they do? ENOUGH to pass judgement on people by their physique!” another person said.

Queen Maxima of The Netherlands and Princess Amalia of The Netherlands during the annual summer photocall
Another photo released by the royal family of Queen Maxima and daughter Amalia. (Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

An editor at the publication released a statement on Instagram standing by the decision, and argued the story was intended to help other teenage girls who might be struggling with their body image.

“The story of Amalia, Máxima's daughter and heir to the throne, is a story of self-improvement and resilience,” Hector Maugeri said.

“The teenager, after having undergone brutal bullying during her childhood (something that Máxima also suffered and commented on on more than one occasion) managed to overcome it along with the love of her family, and above all, believing in her and in the woman he wants and chooses to be.

“CARAS is a magazine that always gave ‘voice’ to those that society once tried to silence. We are not qualifiers.

“We are communicators and this week, Amalia's story is an example for other girls who could - or go through - the cruelty of those who only know how to see darkness and not light.”

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