After refusing for 6 months, Belgium’s King Albert II has finally agreed to take a DNA paternity test. His mind was made up after a Brussels judge threatened to fine the king almost $5600 a day until he undertook the test. However, the king and his lawyers will fight to conceal the result.
The paternity test could dramatically conclude a lawsuit that has been underway for almost 6 years. If positive, the plaintiff, Delphine Boël, could be proven an heiress to part of the Royal family’s private fortune. She could also be eligible for an aristocratic title and, potentially, a place in the line of succession to the throne.
“His Majesty the King will accept the blood test, now that he is compelled to do so”, Guy Hiernaux, a lawyer for King Albert, said. But he will do so “on the condition that the results are kept secret until Belgium’s highest court rules on the appeal against the order”. This could easily take several more years.
Ms Boël claims to be the child of an extramarital affair between her aristocratic mother, the Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, and the future King Albert. At the time, the king was then a prince married to Paola Ruffo di Calabria, an Italian princess with whom he had three children. She filed her lawsuit after King Albert ceded the throne to his eldest son, King Philippe. According to Ms Boël’s lawyer, Albert privately recognized her as his daughter until he unexpectedly became king.
As a second son, Prince Albert was not expected to reign. When his older brother, King Baudouin, died suddenly of heart failure in 1993 at the age of 63, leaving no children, Albert became king.
Historians say this is the first case of the courts being used to air the private affairs of the Belgian royal family. And it’s taking its toll on the King.
“This is all so painful to him”, said Mr Hiernaux. “He’s over 80, not in good health. He underwent multiple heart operations. This is very hard to live with. He literally told me: ‘It’s affecting my health.’” Information on AlphaBiolabs’ paternity testing and other DNA testing services can be found on our website. Alternatively, please contact us via Live Chat or call now at 727-325-2902.