The loving child of former Belgian king Albert II won a seven-year battle for his royal rights on Thursday – and can now officially qualify as a princess.
Delphine Boël can now go through “Delphine de Saxen-Coburg-Gotha, Princess of Belgium”, after the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that she was entitled to the same royal titles and privileges as her father’s three other children .
“Legal victory will never replace the love of a father, but it provides a sense of justice,” Boël said in a statement released through his lawyers.
The 52-year-old artist claimed Albert was his real father for two decades before turning to court for his paternity in 2013 – the year he abdicated the throne and lost legal immunity against his claims.
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The ex-monarch rejected Boel as his daughter until January – when he agreed to take a court-ordered DNA test, threatened with a fine of 5,000 euros ($ 5,500) for each day of refusal .
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His lawyers said that “scientific findings indicate that he is the biological father of Ms. Delphine Boel.”
Boel maintained that his aristocratic mother, Sybille de Selys Longchamps, had an affair with Albert between 1966 and 1984.
Rumors about the paternity scandal first surfaced in an unauthorized 1999 biography about Albert’s wife, Queen Paola.
Albert had admitted marital problems with Paola in the 1970s – but had never admitted having had an extramarital affair.
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The former king, whose son Philippe is the reigning monarch, can still make a final legal recourse.
With pole wires
This report originally appeared in the New York Post.