He has become a sad figure. I don't doubt that esp. prince Bernhard worked against him. I think it also quite clear that the research of the secret service was done illigally on Bernhards request. But in the end he proved to be his own biggest enemy. In the interviews on tv he seemed the ultimate snob and deranged, megalomanic and insane almost. I think that if he would have appeared more normal on tv he might have found a job (there are enough republicans around). But after the very odd appearances and tv interviews, Mc. Donalds wouldn't hire him to work in their kitchen even.
Tuesday the court in Amsterdam demanded a punishment of 240 hours of community service due to him allegedly fabricating a fake invoice of 238.000 guilders (+/- 100.000 euros) in 2001.
Eis: werkstraf maar geen cel voor de Roy van Zuydewijn - Binnenland - VK
The book may have some interesting details, but Edwin's contact with the RF has been very limited to say the least. And his chief enemy, prince Bernhard, has been dead for years and that the prince abused his influence won't come as a surprise to anybody. Bernhard's way of handling things has caused so much problems for his wife and daughter over the years, he has been the greatest risk for the monarchy in the 20th century IMHO. And yet many still seem to adore him, over the last years many tv series appeared about (parts of) his life.
EenVandaag: do 1 aug 2013, 18:15 - Uitzending Gemist
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'They can't find me here' ... why on earth would anybody still want to find him?
The question remains: why was prince Bernhard so much against him? I have never read an explanation for that. The prince called him a 'hostile projectile that needs to be made harmless'. But why Edwin was a hostile projectile (before he went public) is still a mystery to me. I suppose that we will never know, as the RF is unlikely to shed light on their version of the events.
Anyway, I wish they would settle this somehow, otherwise this will drag on for decades more like the case with Willem Oltmans (a journalist whose reputation and credibility was actively broken by the dutch state & esp. foreign minister/NATO secretary Joseph Luns). Despite Edwin appearing to be a rather odd figure who has lost touch with reality, it is still clear that the man has been mistreated by the state, as the many documents that he has dug up show. This could mean that even a Queen Catharina-Amalia will still need to handle problems that were caused by prince Bernhard. Again: that man was the worst thing that happened to the monarchy in the 20th century, he has harmed the monarchy over and over again. It is a pity that Juliana was not allowed to seperate/divorce him when she tried to curtail him in the late 40-ties/ 50-ties. He was actually supported by the government and it was Juliana who was defeated while she actually was very accurate in noticing that the prince's behavior would (and did) cause great problems.