Originally Posted by Tatiana Maria
What about the reverse? With the royal family expressing condolences for Mr. de Vries's murder, has there been commentary on their attitude towards Klaas Bruinsma's links to Princess Mabel?
No, since the public better learned the unstoppable activism of Mabel, since her widowhood and since her late husband's immensely profitable investments made her mega rich, the label of "gangster sweety" some tried to portray her no longer sticks.
She absolutely had a friendship with mafioso Klaas Bruinsma (whom was also born in the same posh region as Mabel, was a great lover of sail regattas like Mabel's family - their sailing hobby was the link) but denies there was anything more than that.
Now Mabel is generally seen as a not to underestimate lady with a formidable network, nationally and internationally. For a period she was even was rumoured to be romantically linked to the current Prime Minister, to illustrate how far rumours can go but also showing her easy access to the who-is-who.