The love child of the former Belgian King Albert II strives for the same rights in court as his legitimate children
The love child of the former King of Belgium goes to court for the same rights and titles as his legitimate children after finally admitting to being her father
- The love child of the former Belgian king strives for the same rights as his legitimate children
- Delphine Boël, 52, wants the courts to rule in her favor against former King Albert II
- Abdicated royal has admitted that Miss Boël is his child after DNA tests
The lovechild of the former King of Belgium seeks through the courts the same rights and titles as her father’s legitimate children.
Delphine Boël, 52, is the child of the former Belgian King Albert II.
The ex-royal family admitted in January of this year that he was her father after fighting the paternity claim for more than a decade.
Artist Delphine’s mother, Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, claims she had an affair with Albert, 86, before he became king.
Delphine Boël, 52, the love child of the former Belgian King Albert II
Rumors of a royal scandal and media gossip in Belgium arose in 1999 following claims of an illegitimate child in an unauthorized biography of Albert’s wife, Queen Paola.
The love child of the resigned Belgian king, Albert II, who asks the court to grant her the same rights as his other children
The BBC states that Ms. Boël initially claimed during an interview that King Albert was her biological father in 2005.
She waited until 2013, when he abdicated and lost immunity from prosecution, before commencing legal proceedings.
Ms. Boël’s lawyer, Marc Uyttendaele, said on Thursday, according to the BBC, that she is pursuing the same rights as Albert’s three other children: Philippe, now King of Belgium, Prince Laurent and Princess Astrid.
Artist Delphine Boël discusses her case with her lawyer Marc Uyttendaele
Delphine Boël and her lawyer Marc Uyttendaele settled out of court after the last hearing
Mr. Uyttendaele told the broadcaster: “Delphine’s position is not that she wants to be a princess or not.
“She doesn’t want to be a cheap kid, she wants the exact same privileges, titles and abilities as her brothers and her sister.”
Lifeline of the former King Albert
He was born in 1934 as the second in line to the throne
In 1959 he married the Italian Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria
He took the throne in 1993 after the death of his brother King Baudouin
He served as Prince of Belgium for two decades before resigning in 2013
During Belgium’s political stalemate in 2010-2011, he took up a constitutional role
It has been suggested that if the court rules in her favor, Miss Boël’s children would be eligible for a royal title.
But Albert’s legal team claims that Miss Boël can only receive the title of princess by royal decree and not by a court of law.
Baroness Longchamps says her affair with the then Prince Albert of Liège started in 11966 and lasted until 1984.
She adds that he was a regular presence during Miss Boël’s early years.
Albert only came to the Belgian throne after the unexpected death of his brother King Baudouin in 1993 at the age of 62.
He remained in this position until he declared ill health in July 2013 and abdicated in favor of his son Philippe.
Court orders demanding that Albert undergo DNA testing to determine if Miss Boël was his child were denied until he was faced with a fine of $ 5,000 a day while resisting.
The former king finally admitted that Miss Boël was his child in January after learning the results of DNA tests.
Albert’s acceptance of the DNA tests said that Mr Uyttendaele was a ‘relief’ for Miss Boël at the time.
He told RTL television: “Her life has been a long nightmare because of this search for identity.”
The King of Belgium is a constitutional monarch who largely plays a ceremonial role in business.