Belgium has a new member of its royal family after the former king’s love child wins their legal battle for an official title.
King Albert II’s daughter Delphine Boël, 52, now has the same rights and titles as his other royal children.
The surprise verdict ends a seven year struggle to prove their biological ties to the king, who abdicated six years ago in favor of his son Philippe.
A DNA test earlier this year found Albert II Delphine’s biological father to be Boel, putting an end to Boel’s longstanding paternity claim that he had contested.
Delphine now has the title of Princess of Belgium and will bear the surname of her father, Saxe-Cobourg.
Their two children, Josephine and Oscar, also receive royal titles and the right to be referred to as HRH.
After the verdict, her lawyer said, “A legal victory will never replace a father’s love.
but offers a sense of justice that is further reinforced by the fact that many children who have endured the same ordeal will find strength to face them there. ”
When the DNA result was confirmed, Boel, now on the 15th throne, said that she just wants recognition that the former king is her father and not money.
She is younger than Albert’s three children with Queen Paola, his Italian wife.
17-year-old Princess Elisabeth, daughter of Philippe and Queen Mathilde, is on the throne.
Boel’s identity became the subject of public debate after a 1999 biography of Paola was published claiming Albert had a long extramarital relationship that resulted in a daughter being born in the 1960s.
Mail online reports that Boel is said to be the result of an 18-year affair between Albert and the Belgian aristocrat Sybille de Selys Longchamps.
The relationship between her mother and father is said to have started in 1966 when Albert was married to Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, but not yet König.
Boel was born in 1968 and her parents’ affair is said to have ended in 1984.
The 51-year-old first said that the monarch was her father in 1999.
In 2005, she claimed that Albert told her you are not my daughter.
Her claim meant that she and her mother were placed on a high risk list by banks and some of their family’s accounts were reportedly closed.
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Her 11-year-old son was also entered on the register, which limited his access to finance.
In 2013, she took her fight to court, which resulted in Albert being asked to hand over a DNA sample last year.
He was fined £ 4,238.31 for every day he failed to provide a sample.
The retired monarch handed one over shortly thereafter.