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The Belgian parliament has cut the endowment of the ever-controversial Prince Laurent after he showed up at a Chinese diplomatic function without the consent of the government, in full military uniform.

The House of Representatives voted early on Friday (local time) by 93 votes to 23 for a one-time cut of 46,000 euros ($74,000) from his annual endowment of some 300,000 euros ($480,000).

The move came despite an emotional letter from the 54-year-old brother of King Philippe saying he had never had the opportunity to pick his own career opportunities.

“In fact, my whole life has been the subject of a trial,” the widely quoted letter said.

“Since early youth, my existence was at the service of my brother, my family and the state.”

“I could not work as I pleased or develop projects which could have given me some independence.”

“I even had to ask for the permission to marry.”

 

The liberal Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (VLD) parliamentary leader, Patrick Dewael, retorted the prince had to accept the conditions that came with an endowment.

“Or he rejects the endowment and he is free to do as he pleases,” he said.

The Guardian reports the uniform controversy dates back to last July, when Prince Laurent attended a reception at Beijing’s embassy in Brussels to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

Prince Laurent reportedly tweeted a picture of himself at the celebration — his Twitter account was later shut down.

China’s state news agency Xinhua also tweeted photos.

 

 

Some in Belgium think that Prince Laurent should walk away from his princely duties in light of numerous scandals over the years.

He has long been dubbed the royal “enfant terrible” in the media for his long tradition of courting controversy either for his speedy driving, love of expensive furniture, former romantic connections and, now, unauthorised diplomatic visits.

Seven years ago, he earned the wrath of then-king Albert II when Prince Laurent visited Congo, Belgium’s former colony, against both his wishes and those of the Belgian Government.

As the brother of a king who already has four children, Prince Laurent has no realistic chance of ever taking the throne.

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