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Belgium's King Albert II. Looks in paternity dispute with a daily fine faced world news



King Albert II, who abdicated from the Belgian throne six years ago, has to file a DNA test every day he refuses to refute the claim that he has a child during a marital affair in Belgium sired to pay a fine of 5,000 euros 1960s.

An appeals court rejected Albert's attempts to delay the delivery of a saliva sample. This happened after a long-standing paternity claim of the 50-year-old artist Delphine Boël.

Boël has been fighting in court for six years for evidence that Albert, 84, is her biological father. If she can prove her paternity, she could wear the name of Delphine Van België and by royal decree the title of princess. She would also be entitled to one-eighth of Albert's estate, half of which is reserved for his children.





  Delphine Boël



Delphine Boël could become Delphine Van België if her claim is proven. Photo: François Lenoir / Reuters

Boël's allegation was tightened last fall when the Brussels Court of Appeals ruled that Jacques Boël was not their biological father and commissioned an Erasmus Hospital expert to perform a genetic test to compare their DNA with that of Albert ,

Albert's lawyers argued he should not have to give a trial until an appeal against this verdict was heard in a higher court. On Thursday, a judge said that the trial should not be delayed, although the results of the test will not be heard until the Court of Cassation, the Belgian court of last resort, decides on the legality of the original judgment.

Marc Uyttendaele, one of Boël's lawyers, said they were satisfied with the decision. "We argued here with the goal of obtaining evidence to continue the test," he said. "So we're all in agreement that the DNA results will not be made public until the Court of Cassation has decided."

The fines would weigh heavily on Albert's fortune. He lives on a government allocation of 961,000 €.

On the day of his retirement in 2013, Boël's mother, Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, spoke publicly for the first time of her alleged affair with the king on a television interview.

"I thought I could not have children because I had an infection," she said about the relationship, which allegedly lasted from 1966-1984. "We had not taken any precautions." continued, "It was a nice time. Dolphins was a love child. Albert was not the father figure, but he was very nice to her.

Albert later admitted that he and his wife had gone through a marriage crisis in the 1970s, but the king never admitted to fathering a love child.

The decision of the cassation court is not expected before the end of the year.


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