Queen Beatrix flies to London, every weekend, to visit with her son, Prince Friso, who lies in a coma at Wellington Hospital.
Rumors of the queen’s weekly trips to London were confirmed by her brother-in-law, Pieter van Vollenhoven, who spoke to the Dutch entertainment magazine de Story. Van Vollenhoven is married to the queen’s sister Princess Margriet.
“Only his mother, spouse and brothers have been to visit him,” Van Vollenhoven says.
Van Vollenhoven says he and Princess Margriet have not been to visit Friso because they do not want to impose upon his wife, Princess Mabel. "She is very busy with daily visits with her husband and taking care of their two children.”
Vollenhoven emphasised that Friso and his family will benefit most from being left in peace. “That’s why we haven’t been to visit him. My sons have also not been to visit their cousin.”
On February 17th, Prince Friso was buried in an avalanche while skiing in Austria. Since the beginning of March, Friso has been receiving treatment at Wellington Hospital in London. In all likelihood the prince will never again regain consciousness.
“This is a terrible set of circumstances,” says Van Vollenhoven. “This is an enormous burden for my sister-in-law and Mabel and the only thing we can do is wait and hope. Friso and his family are constantly in our thoughts.”
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