“We see people’s reactions to the reports coming in the media,” William-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, said in a statement released by the Royal House late on Friday.
“We would like to leave no doubt that guidelines need to be followed to control the COVID-19 virus. Discussions about our vacation have not contributed to that.”
The king’s vacation in Greece has not broken any of the Netherlands’ lockdown rules, including new sanctions introduced this week amid an outbreak of Europe’s largest coronavirus, the government has said.
“This is stupid and incomprehensible,” the ANP news agency quoted Dust-66 party legislator Justin Schneler, who is considered an ally of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling coalition, over King’s vacation.
Ruth urged the nation in a televised address on Tuesday not to “check the limits of the rules.”
The Prime Minister said, “You can go on vacation, but do not go to the place where you have booked your hut or hotel room.” “If you go abroad – your options are limited because there are so many countries that want to keep us now.”
Willem-Alexander, who owns a private villa in southern Greece, traveled by government jet.
About 8,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Netherlands on Friday, a record.
William-Alexander and his wife Queen Max Maxima apologized to Greece after last vacation, when a photo was published showing the breaking of social distance guidelines on Milos Island.