Dutch rival of ‘The Crown’ makes headlines


The Netflix hit series The Crown now apparently has a big orange competitor.

A royal drama about Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, simply titled myesximahas just hit the small screen and is already winning praise from viewers and critics.

The series, which consists of six episodes, can currently be seen on the Dutch streaming service Videoland. The series deals with the life of Máxima Zorreguieta, an Argentinian marketing assistant who married King Willem-Alexander, then the crown prince of the Netherlands, in 2002.

The drama is based on Marcia Luyten’s book Máxima Zorreguieta: Motherland and has already been renewed for a second season.

According to Milstreet Films, the producers of the series, the first season focuses on Máxima’s growing up years and shows how she tries to navigate her career and relationship with the Dutch crown prince.

myesxima ‘s trailer also gives a look at the challenges the future queen experienced due to the controversy surrounding her father’s political career as a minister in the dictatorial Argentine government of General Jorge Rafael Videla.

Argentinian actress Delfina Chaves plays the role of Máxima, while Dutch actor Martijn Lakemeier steps into Willem-Alexander’s royal shoes.

“The story is told from Máxima’s perspective, emphasizing her determination and ambition, as well as her struggle to balance loyalty to her family and her own identity,” says Millstreet Films’ description of the series.

“However, in the second season, Máxima discovers that it is not as easy to keep the love of the Dutch as it was to win it.”

The producers also confirmed that the Dutch royal family had taken note of the fact that a series was being produced, but “did not become further involved”.

Máxima is currently not seen in South Africa.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. Princess Catharina-Amalia (20) became the official heir to the Dutch throne when her father ascended the throne on 30 April 2013.

RNews recently reported that she is one of a string of young European princesses who are slowly but surely moving their crowns to the right to sit on thrones right across this continent in the coming years.

The future queen is currently in her second year at the University of Amsterdam where she studies politics, psychological law and economics.

Sources: AFP, Hello, Tatler