Delphine of Saxe-Coburg “I have never asked that people address me as your Royal Highness”

The extramarital daughter of Belgium’s former Head of State King Albert II, Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, has said in an interview with the Francophone public broadcaster RTBF that she has never asked that she be addressed as “Your Royal Highness”. At the end of last week the Court of Appeal  in Brussels ruled that Delphine is officially a princess and as such can if she wishes can  be addressed as “Your Royal Highness”. She is also now able to use her father’s surname of Saxe-Coburg. 

Speaking in an interview with RTBF’s morning news and current affairs programme ‘Matin première’, the woman that up until now has been known as Delphine Boël said that she had fought to get her titles so that she could be treated on an even keel with her half-bothers King Filip and Prince Laurent and her half-sister Princess Astrid.

She added that she will continue to sign her works of art with “Delphine” as she has always done in the past.

Delphine of Saxe-Coburg doesn’t believe that her new status as a princess will help her career as an artist.

The Appeals’ Court ruling also means that Delphine now has a right to a share of the inheritance once King Albert dies. However, unlike her half-siblings she won’t be given endowment from the state.

Last week’s ruling brought to an end a legal battle that has gone on for many years. Since the ruling Delphine of Saxe-Coburg has not heard from her father, her half-siblings or the Royal Palace. “I don’t expect anything else. I tried for years to arrange things behind the scenes. But everything was at a standstill. I was the black sheep causing a disturbance. It had become unliveable for me”.

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