‘The King is My Dad!’ Belgian court orders former King Albert II, 84, to pay $5.6K a DAY until he takes a DNA test to resolve long-running paternity dispute with woman, 50, claiming to be his daughter – Delphine Boël has been trying to establish paternity for years
In surprise ruling, Belgian court orders former King Albert II to pay $5,588, [€5,000] a day until he takes a DNA test to resolve a long-running paternity dispute
The Belgian royal was ordered by the Brussels court to provide DNA sample six moths ago, but he has refused to comply
Delphine Boël, 50, who is claiming to be his daughter, has been trying to establish paternity for years
She filed her lawsuit in 2014, but a lower court ruled Boel could not rely on forensic evidence [DNA], to establish paternity
Claimant’s mother, Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, has claimed she had an affair between 1966 and 1984 with then Prince Albert of Liège
King Albert II, the country’s former monarch, who stepped down for health reasons, has not explicitly denied the paternity claims
Boël’s attorneys say she’s not motivated by money, coming from a billionaire family herself
If her case is successful, Boël would be 15th in line for the Belgian throne
The former king has never commented on the possible existence of such a daughter but did refer in his 1999 Christmas message to a crisis in his marriage 30 years earlier, the time of Boel’s birth.
Albert abdicated to his son Philippe in 2013 due to health reasons. Earlier this year, he refused to fulfill a November 2018 court order to undergo DNA testing and launched an appeal. A court had initially set a three-month limit for him to provide a saliva sample for testing – saying that without it, Delphine Boël was be assumed to be his daughter and be eligible for any inheritance.
Belgium has a constitutional monarchy in which the king plays a largely ceremonial role. The retired monarch reportedly receives an annual income of about $1.18m [€1m].