The King of Belgium meets his new sister, Delphine Boël

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After the justice recognized the extramarital daughter of King Albert II as a princess, both have met in a “warm” meeting whose bond they affirm will continue to develop within the family framework

After last January the justice recognized Delphine Boël as the legitimate daughter of King Albert II and just a few weeks ago she obtained the title of princess, Boël has been received in the Palace by Philip of Belgium, current monarch and brother on her father’s side, as announced by the Belgian Royal House. “It was a warm encounter. We had the opportunity to learn to know each other during a long and emotional exchange that has allowed us to talk about our respective lives and to focus on the common interest, ”the statement explains.

The meeting, which took place on October 9, also served to create a bond between the brothers that will continue to “develop from now on within the family framework,” as both indicated in the letter issued by the Belgian palace through their social networks, where includes a picture of Philippe of Belgium and Delphine Boël, dressed informally, very smiling and respecting the physical distance marked by the pandemic. The official meeting between the brothers took place in the castle of Laeken, the habitual residence of the royal family in Brussels, so it is understood that it was the monarch who invited his now sister to his home to enjoy this private meeting.

In January, a DNA test proved Delphine Boël’s affiliation with the man who held the Belgian throne for two decades until his abdication in 2013, and in early October a Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that Boël obtained the title of princess and happened to be treated as “royal highness”. In addition, the surname of the new princess now becomes that of Saxe de Coburg and Gotha, that of the dynasty of the royal family of Belgium. In the same way, her two children, Joséphine and Oscar, 16 and 12, respectively, have now also become a princess and a prince, receiving the same treatment as their mother.

The current heir, born in the sixties, is the result of the long relationship between her mother, the aristocrat Sibylle de Sélys Longchamps, with the then crown prince. The story of this romance, and its fruit, became public and notorious at the end of the nineties, when the edition of an unauthorized biography on Queen Paola, wife of Albert II, revealed the existence of a daughter born outside the marriage.

Boël started his legal battle in 2013, and went ahead despite the monarch trying for years to deny the evidence and evade requests for a kinship test; He was even threatened by a 5,000 euro fine if he failed to do so. After the irrefutable results in January, the emeritus declared through his lawyers that he was putting “an end with honor and dignity to this painful process.”


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