Hope for "better days": Belgian ex-king backs secret daughter's royal welcome

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

On October 1, the decision of the Brussels Court of Appeal considered that Delphine Boël is indeed the legitimate daughter of King Albert II.

"I unreservedly endorse the communique that the King and Princess Delphine have published and I join in the spirit of this message", he said. "This band will develop further in family context".

But Albert, who ruled from 1993 to 2013, continued to show his daughter the cold shoulder and the rejection prompted Delphine to seek recognition through the courts.

Saxe-Coberg, daughter of former Belgian King Albert II, won the right to call herself a princess earlier this month, following a Brussels Court of Appeal ruling that said she had the same rights.

The current king has now publicly welcomed Delphine into the family, unlike his father so far.

These were the details of the news King Albert II "very happy" with the meeting between King Philippe. for this day.

The couple first met on October 9 in a "warm encounter" at the royal family's official residence, Lacan's Castle, the Belgian monarchy said.

"We had the chance to get to know each other during a long and rich exchange that allowed us to speak about our respective lives and our areas of common interest", a joint statement from the palace said.

"This relationship will from now on develop in a family framework", the statement added. He claimed that King had an affair with his mother, Sibyl de Salis Longchamps, which resulted in his birth in 1968. The king's extramarital relationship continued until 1984.

Rumours that he had fathered a child with another woman first emerged back in 1999, after claims were disclosed in an unauthorised biography about Albert's wife, Queen Paola. The former monarch reportedly had her during an affair 52 years ago.

The hidden princess said she had been in touch with her father until he cut contact brutally when she was 33 years old.

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