Technically it was a slap. They really had thought that Maxima had paved their way. After all Maxima's father was much closer involved into organized crime, they had lied about it and were caught and they still got married with all the fanfare. It was almost same same but this time the decision was polar opposite.
IMO Maxima's father's connections were worse.
Wasn't there some suggestion that Mabel had been working for the Dutch Secret Service?
Edited to add:
"Former Secret Service agent Frits Hoekstra has published a book, disclosing that the Dutch princess Mabel must have been working for the Dutch Secret Service AIVD. Hoekstra notes that:
•before her graduation, Mabel worked at ABN-AMRO, SHELL, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations (the latter two require background checks as conducted by the AIVD)
•she had a relationship with Muhamed Sacirbey, the Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs
•when she got engaged with Dutch Prince Friso, the Dutch Secret Service completed her background check within a week, something that would normally have taken months."http://vrritti.com/2012/0...orked-for-secret-service/