Dutch PM: gay marriage no barrier for Netherlands royal house

FILE PHOTO: Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands takes part in King's Day in Amersfoort, Netherlands April 27, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

The Dutch crown princess can marry whoever she wants without giving up her right to the throne, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday.

Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17, is the heir apparent to King Willem-Alexander.

Rutte was responding to questions from parliament about whether Dutch law could some day prevent her ascending the throne if she were to marry a woman. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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