The former Belgian king's love child goes to court over the same rights and titles as his legitimate children after he finally admitted to being their father
- The love child of the former Belgian king seeks 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 according to DNA tests
The love child of the former King of Belgium seeks the same rights and titles as the legitimate children of her father through the courts.
Delphine Boël, 52, is the child of the former Belgian King Albert II.
The ex-king admitted he was her father in January of this year after battling paternity rights for over 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, the love child of the abdicated Belgian King Albert II, asks the courts to grant her the same rights as his other children
Former Belgian King Albert II, the father of the artist Delphine Boël
Rumors of a royal scandal and media gossip in Belgium first surfaced in 1999 because an unauthorized biography alleged an illegitimate child about Albert's wife, Queen Paola.
The BBC claims Ms. Boël originally claimed during an interview that King Albert was her birth father in 2005.
She waited until 2013, when he abdicated from the throne and lost immunity from prosecution, before initiating legal proceedings.
Ms. Boël's lawyer Marc Uyttendaele told the BBC on Thursday that she was seeking the same rights as Albert's three other children – Philippe, now King of Belgium, Prince Laurent and Princess Astrid.
Delphine Boël and her lawyer Marc Uyttendaele in 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 exactly the same privileges, titles and skills as her brothers and sister."
Lifeline of the former King Albert
He was born in 1934 as the second heir to the throne
In 1959 he married the Italian Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria
After the death of his brother King Baudouin, he ascended the throne in 1993
He was monarch of Belgium for two decades before abdicating in 2013
He took on a constitutional role during Belgium's political stalemate in 2010-11
It has been suggested that Miss Boël's children be eligible for a royal title if the court rules in their favor.
But Albert's legal team claims that Miss Boël can only obtain the title princess by royal decree, not a court of law.
Baroness Longchamps says her affair with then Prince Albert of Liege began in 1966 and lasted until 1984.
She adds that he was a regular attendee in Miss Boël's early years.
Albert came to the Belgian throne only after the unexpected death of his brother King Baudouin in 1993 at the age of 62.
He remained in this position until he led the disease in July 2013 and abdicated from the throne in favor of his son Philippe.
Court orders requiring Albert to do DNA tests to determine if Miss Boël was his child have been denied until faced with a fine of € 5,000 a day while resisting.
The former king eventually admitted that Miss Boël was his child in January after learning the results of DNA tests.
Albert's acceptance of the DNA testing said Mr. Uyttendaele was a "relief" to Ms. Boël at the time.
He told RTL Television: "Your life was a long nightmare because of this search for identity."
The King of Belgium is a constitutional monarch who plays a largely ceremonial role in affairs.
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