Jacques Boël not Delphine’s father

Jacques Boël is not the biological father of Delphine Boël. The Francophone Belgian public service broadcaster RTBF reported on Friday that Jacques Boël has undergone a DNA that has proved that he is not the artist’s biological father.

DNA test were also carried out on Ms Boël and her mother Sybille de Sélys Longchamps.

Mr Boël’s solicitor Théodora Baum told RTBF television news that “Mr Boël felt that it was time that he knew the truth. This is why he agreed to undergo a DNA test. The test has revealed that he is not Delphine’s father”.

Delphine Boël’s mother had a long-standing extra-marital affair with the then Prince (later King) Albert II and it is widely believed that Ms Boël is the former Belgian monarch’s illegitimate daughter.

Jacques Boël will also no longer resist a request by Delphine Boël to challenge her parentage.

Long-drawn out legal procedures

Delphine Boël is trying to prove that King Albert II is her natural father. After his abdication last year, Delphine Boël asked King Albert for a DNA sample.

The results of the DNA test carried out on Jacques Boël offer conclusive proof that he is not Delphine Boël’s biological father. This means that she can now legally challenge his position as her father in the eyes of the law.

If successful, Delphine Boël could ask to be officially recognised as King Albert’s daughter. Conclusive proof that the former monarch is Delphine Boël’s real father could be obtained by carrying out a DNA test on King Albert.

He could of course refuse, but as the Antwerp University Family Law Professor Frederik Swennen told the VRT “If he refused, it could look like he has something to hide and the court could conclude on the basis of this that he is the father”.

The case of Delphine Boël v King Albert opens at the Brussels Courthouse on Tuesday 23 September.