Illegitimate daughter wants to haul King before the courts

The illegitimate daughter of King Albert II, Delphine Boël is taking the King, her half-brother Crown Prince Filip and her half-sister Princess Astrid to court. Ms Boël is taking action in the courts in order to obtain DNA evidence to prove that she is King Albert II’s daughter and that she is the half-sister to Price Filip and Princess Astrid.

In a press statement Delphine Boël says that “I am deeply saddened, but I believe that blood can work wonders”.

Now it’s up to the blood or rather the DNA of three prominent members of the royal family to prove conclusively that Delphine Boël is the King’s daughter.

The King’s youngest son, Prince Laurent will not be asked to give a DNA sample regardless of the result of the court case.

Delphine Boël has never hidden the fact that she wants recognition from her biological father King Albert II. In previous interviews Delphine Boël told journalists that "I can’t understand the wall of silence and the way in which this is being handled.”

"I think that everything would have been easier if my father and I had been able to interact normally.”

It is not exactly clear why Ms Boël has decided to take this course of action now. Her decision may be linked to her legal father Jacques Boël having disinherited her.

The professor of public law and lawyer Marc Uyttendaele told the Francophone Belgian public broadcaster RTBF that Ms Boël has little chance of winning the case. "The procedure amounts to interfering in the King’s responsibilities and demonstrating that he should have recognised one of his children. According to the Belgian constitutional law this is completely impossible.”

The Court of First Instance in Brussels has postponed a hearing on the case until 25 June.