King Albert to give DNA sample for Boël paternity case

King Albert II has agreed to give a DNA sample that will be tested to prove conclusively whether or not he is the biological father of the artist Delphine Boël. The results of the DNA test will be kept secret until a new judicial ruling is made in the Boël paternity case. 

Delphine Boël has been fighting a legal battle for the past six years to be recognised as the former Belgian Head of State King Albert’s biological  daughter. Her mother Sybille de Selys Longchamps had a long relationship with King Albert that lasted well into the period that she was married to the industrialist Jacques Boël. A court first ruled that Jacques Boël was Delphine Boël’s legal father. However, last October the Court of Appeal in Brussels overturned the ruling.

The Court of Appeal also ordered all parties in the case, including King Albert, to give a DNA sample. A time limit of 3 months was set for the parties to comply. Delphine Boël had requested that DNA samples be taken in order to prove conclusively that is a biological link between herself and King Albert.

Later the Court of Appeal ruled that a penalty payment of 5,000 euro would be levied for every day beyond the three month deadline that one of the parties continued to fail to give a sample.

King Albert appealed to the Court of Cassation to get the Appeals Court ruling overturned. However, the Court of Appeal ruled that it didn’t have to wait for a ruling of the Court of Cassation for the imposition of penalty payments to take effect.

Now King Albert’s lawyer has said in a press statement, that his client is prepared to give a DNA sample. The results of the DNA test will remain secret  until the Court of Cassation has made its ruling.