Belgian King meets with once-secret half-sister for first time #Breaking112
Saxe-Cobourg, the daughter of former Belgian King Albert II, won the right to call herself a princess earlier this month, following a ruling by the Brussels Court of Appeal, which said she was entitled to the same rights and royal titles as her father’s other three children.
Known until recently as Delphine Boël, Saxe-Cobourg launched a lawsuit in 2013 to have the former King recognized as her father. She claimed the King had an affair with her mother, Sibylle de Selys Longchamps, resulting in her birth in 1968.
The former King contested the claims for seven years and even failed to submit to a DNA paternity test when ordered to do so by the Brussels Court of Appeal in October 2018.
“This long and rich discussion gave us the opportunity to learn to know each other. We talked about our respective lives and areas of shared interest,” King Philippe and Princess Delphine said in a statement on Thursday. “This bond will further develop within the family setting,” they added.
Albert II married Paola Ruffo di Calabria, later Queen Paola of Belgium, in 1959 and became king in 1993. In 2013, at the age of 79, he abdicated the throne in favor of his son Philippe, citing concerns over his age and health.