200-year-old law could destroy royal love story: 'Impossible'

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A rumoured fairytale love story between a Dutch Princess and Belgian Prince could be destroyed by 200-year-old law.

Prince Gabriel of Belgium, 18, who is the son of the current King of Belgium, Philippe, might be in a relationship with the Crown Princess of the Netherlands, Amalia, 17, according to local media reports.

Dutch Princess and Belgian Prince
A Dutch Princess and Belgian Prince are reporedly dating. Photo: Australscope/Newsflash

German media outlet Gala originally reported the Prince and Princess were rumoured to be in love and in a fledgling relationship.

The publication claimed the pair know each other well and had visited each other in the past on a regular basis in the company of their parents.

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While there hasn't been any offical confirmation from either royal family, another local media outlet HLN has pointed out that a 200-year-old law could put an end to any hopes of a relationship either way.

The law dates back to 24th November 1830 and states that members of the Belgian and Dutch Royal families are not allowed to marry each other.

Crown Princess of the Netherlands, Amalia
Crown Princess of the Netherlands, Amalia, with her family. Photo: Australscope/Newsflash

Herman De Croo, a former president of the Belgian Parliament, explained to the outlet: "We just can't get away with it. It can set precedents: if you are reviewing this topic, why not another?

"When in reality it is impossible to keep it, and it would be humane to adapt it. Today we have good contacts with the Dutch royal family. But on paper, it's in the law. The wrinkles of history have since been smoothed over."

It comes as Japanese Princess Mako gave up her royal status after marrying her university sweetheart and commoner, Kei Komuro, last month.

Princess Mako will now become an ordinary citizen and in line with Japanese law will give up her royal status. She will also take the surname of her husband.

The couple will move to New York, where Kei Komuro is already working as a lawyer.

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