The Belgian royal family has had a tough few months, and now their enfant terrible, HRH Prince Laurent may have struck again. Prince Laurent reportedly met with officials in Angola to set up renewable energy projects without informing the government when he was already on probation. Now the Prime Minister, according to Flandersnews is threatening to take away the Prince’s allowance of 300,000 euros yearly. He has ordered a review of the interactions to verify if the Prince broke the agreement. So far, the review by the Department of Foreign Affairs has not turned up additional improper contact, but the government remains cautious.
Prince Laurent was placed on warning from the government in 2011 after meeting with rebels fighting in Libya and supporting projects in Congo without advice. In response to his poor choices in business partners the government required the Prince to ask for permission before taking any foreign trips and in return he could keep his allowance. That deal is now in serious jeopardy as he has angered the Prime Minister and the government again.