Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parme and Tjalling ten Cate have separated after sixteen years. The two announced this today. Margarita is the eldest daughter of Princess Irene and Carlos.
In a statement quoted by the ANP news agency, Margarita and Ten Cate say that some time ago they decided “together and in friendship” to separate.
“After a wonderful time of more than sixteen years together, in which we have shared joys and sorrows, each of us will now go our separate ways. At the same time, we will always continue to walk a path together as friends and loving parents of our two beautiful daughters.” they write.
Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn
The two ask that the family “give time and rest to get used to the new situation”. Margarita and Ten Cate also do not want to answer any further questions about the divorce.
It is Margarita’s second divorce. The princess was married to Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn from 2001 to 2006. The couple was in the news a lot in 2003 because of the so-called Margarita affair. The princess and her ex-husband accused the Royal House and the AIVD of eavesdropping. The AIVD showed that this was not the case.