Delphine Boël proved to be the daughter of the Belgian King, now officially Princess of Belgium.
The 52-year-old artist Delphine Boël, enrolled in the population of the renowned Belgian industrialist Jacques Boël, launched a 7-year legal struggle in 2013, saying that his biological father was King Albert II. Delphine Boël, who argued that his mother, Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, was born as a result of his relationship with Albert in the 1960s, asked the King to be recognized as his “legal daughter”.
Albert II, who transferred the throne to his son Filip on July 21, 2013, denied this claim for a long time. The Brussels Court’s request for DNA testing played a role in the conclusion of the 7-year trial.
The King’s request not to make the DNA test results public was rejected by the Brussels Court of Appeal. Thereupon, King Albert announced earlier this year that he would no longer object to being the legal father of Delphine Boël.
So Delphine Boël, who was confirmed by DNA testing and judgment that he was King Albert II’s daughter, said about the legal process that lasted for nearly 7 years, “I did this for my children because I didn’t want them to wonder where they came from. My father is a zoo worker, even a criminal. “I would have done the same thing again,” he said.
After this decision, Boël sued again for the same treatment, carrying his last name, and obtaining the title of princess as his legal father, Albert II’s other 3 children. The Brussels Court of Appeal was expected to announce its decision on the case, which began on September 10, on October 29.
However, about a month ago, on Thursday evening, it was announced that the court approved Delphine Boël’s request. Boël was officially awarded the titles “Princess of Belgium” and “Her Majesty”, according to the decision confirmed by official sources to the public broadcaster VRT.
The Belgian artist was also entitled to bear the surname of his legal father, Albert II, and his name was changed to Delphine van Saxen-Cobourg-Gotha.
Boël’s children, Josephine and Oscar, will also hold the title of princess and prince.
It was not revealed whether Delphine Boël, who owns a large fortune left by his mother’s ex-wife Jacques Boël, will share in the legacy of the Belgian Royal Family.
Delphine Boel, who accepted as the “legal daughter” of King Albert II at the end of the lawsuit process that continued for years in Belgium, said that she continued the custody case so that her children would not wonder where they came from.
Boel spoke for the first time about the custody case he filed against King Albert II in a program he attended on Flemish TV on Friday evening.
The 52-year-old artist Delphine Boel, registered with the population of one of the famous Belgian industrialists Jacques Boël, applied to the court at the age of 2013 on the grounds that her biological father was King Albert II.
The Belgian artist, his mother Baroness Sybille, also argued that Selys Longchamps was born as a result of his relationship with Albert in the 1960s.
As of 2013, Albert II, who handed the throne to his son Filip, faced the lawsuit process.
Following the Brussels Court of Appeal’s decision to make the DNA test results public, earlier this year, King Albert announced that he would no longer object to being the legal father of Delphine Boel.
Delphine Boel stated that the legal process that lasted for about 7 years was very difficult for her and her family, and emphasized that her children insisted on the case so that they would not wonder where they came from.
“I did this mostly for my kids because I didn’t want them to wonder where they came from. If my father was a zoo worker or even a criminal, I would do the same thing,” Boel said.
What was discussed in the 2013 crisis;
Delphine Boel was dissatisfied with King Albert’s statement in a press release that he would no longer object to being his own daughter at the end of the trial process that started in 2013.
Saying that hearing the statement made by King Albert’s lawyer was difficult for him, Boel said, “Because when I was in my 30s I had a good relationship with him until 2001. It’s like a real father-daughter relationship.”
According to Boel, who exhibited the artistic works he produced during the trial, his artistic work was easier when he was not “the king’s daughter” yet. King Albert and Delphine Boel will face each other in court on 10 September.
The court will decide on Delphine Boël’s request to bear the surname of Albert II, the legal father, and the titles of “Princess of Belgium”.