An unknown, introverted prince, who would like to life a normal life ouside the spotlight. That is how the public knew prince Friso. His friends called him extremely smart, athletic, humble, friendly and social. A real family man with humor, someone who enjoyed to spend time with his daughters, his wife, mother, brothers and his friends, someone friends and family could count on, someone who could tease his mother in a special way, his friend Adam Else said in a documantary from the NOS. In this report I will look back on the life of a prince who is often called “the most unknown son of Princess Beatrix ‘
His titles at birth were Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg.
He did not received parliamentary approval for his marriage to Mabel and therfore he lost his title Prince of the Netherlands after his marriage. However, according to the Royal Decree of 19 March 2004 he got the personal title Prince of Orange-Nassau with the predicate Royal Highness. In the same decision he was granted the hereditary title Count , his family name name ‘Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg.’ Therefor his daughters are Countess of Orange-Nassau, jonkvrouwe van Amsberg.
Prince Friso was involved in a number of innovative ventures relating to sustainable energy, medical services, sustainable food and agriculture, and technology-including the MRI Centre, Rabo Ventures and Wizz Air. From 2004 to 2013 he was a member of the Board of Directors or Telenet.
Prince Friso supports various initiatives promoting innovation and technology, such as Jet-Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands), the Foundation ‘ life sciences and Society ‘ (Biosciences and Society) and the Foundation of the future of technology (Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends). Previously he was engaged with the Foundation ‘ the evening of Science & Society ‘ (The Evening of Science and Society) and the engineering and consulting agency Witteveen + Bos. And he was Honorary chairman of the Prince Claus Fund, Member of the Advisory Board, Christiaan Huygens Science Award, Patron or De Hollandsche Molen, which is the association for the preservation of Dutch windmills
In a television interview on the evening before their marriage Friso and Mabel said that it was ‘ unwise ‘ that they do not tell the full facts about Mabel her past.
Prince Friso and Princess Mabel have two kids. Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg born on 26 March 2005 Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou in London and of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg born on 18 June 2006 in London.
In London the prince could build a life in anonymity, he could work on a career and could enjoy privacy with his dougters and wife. In his leisure time he like to skiing apart from that he like to scuba diving and playing golf. Unfortunately I have not found a picture of him skiing, scuba diving or playing golf, so I use a picture of the prince who is to play baseball.
If one there is one thing I noticed of what I hear friends count about Friso then it is, that he is a real family man. He wasn’t much in public, but at family events he was, later also with his wife Princess Mabel, present. And at Queensday, he showed himself, altough it was in the background.
For Friso his father, the late Prince Claus, was an important source of inspiration. He was probably the one who learn Friso that he has to go his own way and build a normal ‘ social career as possible.
Together with his brother, prince constantijn, prince Friso was honorary president of the Prince Claus Fund, which was created to celebrate the 70th birthday of Prince Claus in 1996. Once in two years Friso reached the Prince Claus Award. He did it for the last time in 2010. In 2012, his brother, took his place.
The relation with his mother is also special. During the funeral of his father prince Claus on 15 October 2002 you can see prince Friso supporting his mother by the sadness. A good friend (Adam else) also explained (in the special broadcast of the NOS) that he had a special relationship with his mother. Prince Friso could tease her in a special way.
Later he got daughters and he spent much time as possible with them. In a interview in the dutch magazine ‘ Dragonfly ‘ in 2011 prince Friso said: “And than I prefer to work in the evening, between eight and half past eleven, then I have more quality time with the children during the day. And yes, there is less time left for sports and social life. . I like to bring that sacrifice “, in that same interview, he talked about holidays:” For us, the most important:.. Spend time together playing games, reading books, taking and make day trips But honesty, we do not much more than really being together. ”
The dutch television program blue blood make a beautiful movie about the life of prince Friso wach it HERE.
Watch the interview with good friend of prince Friso and Princess Mabel, Adam Anders
I hope the information is clear. My english is not very good, so it could be that I made mistakes. My apologies for that.
The original Dutch log can be found here