King Willem-Alexander has been the King of the Netherlands since 2013 and has recently revealed that he has been keeping a long-held secret for many years.
No, he does not secretly have four wives or a child from a secret affair. His secret is that he has been living a double life as a commercial airline pilot — for 21 years!
The King says that only a few people in his life know about his secret career. He considers flying a hobby and even finds it to be a nice distraction from his regular royal duties. To find out more about his double life, continue reading below!
The 50-year-old Dutch King works as a commercial airline pilot for KLM.
King Willem-Alexander currently works as a pilot part time, typically flying short flights in and around Europe while avoiding overnight flights in the case that he needs to return to the Netherlands on short notice.
The king recently revealed his secret in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, where he admitted that he copilots two flights a month for Netherland’s flag carrier airline, KLM.
“You have a plane, passengers, and crew and you are responsible for them. You can’t take your problems with you off the ground. You can completely switch off for a while and focus on something else,” he said.
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