Dutch Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia is under increased security as she fears she could be targeted by criminals.

Catharina-Amalia, 18, heiress to the Dutch throne, started her studies at the University of Amsterdam last month and moved into an apartment in the city.

But her parents, Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander, now say concerns for her safety have forced her to return to the royal palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.

Dutch news agency ANP reported that Queen Maxima said: “She can barely leave the house.”

Last month, several Dutch media reported that the princess, whose official title is Princess of Orange, was under tight security for fear that criminal gangs could target her for kidnapping or attack.

“Terrible news”

Dutch police and the country’s secret service declined to discuss security arrangements around the royal household.

Princess Amalia started her studies in politics and economics last month and was living in rented accommodation which she shared with several other students in Amsterdam before she had to return home.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he could not elaborate on the details of the threats.

“This is terrible news for her… Everyone involved is doing everything they can to make sure she is safe,” he added.

“The consequences are very difficult for her,” the ANP quoted Queen Maxima as saying. “There is no student life for her like the others.”

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