Love child of former Belgian King Albert II wins right to call herself ‘princess’


The love child of former Belgian King Albert II on Thursday won a seven-year-long battle over her royal rights — and can now officially call herself a princess.

Delphine Boël can now go by “Delphine of Saxen-Coburg-Gotha, princess of Belgium,” after the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that she was entitled to the same royal titles and privileges as her father’s three other children.

“The legal victory will never replace the love of a father but it provides a feeling of justice,” Boël said in a statement released through her lawyers.

The 52-year-old artist claimed Albert was her real dad for two decades before turning to the courts over his paternity in 2013 — the year he abdicated the throne and lost legal immunity from her claims.

The ex-monarch rejected Boël as his daughter until this January — when he agreed to take a court-ordered DNA test, under threat of a 5,000 euros ($5,500 USD) fine for each day he refused.

His lawyers said that “scientific conclusions indicate that he is the biological father of Mrs. Delphine Boel.”

Boel has maintained her aristocratic mother, Sybille de Selys Longchamps, had an affair with Albert between 1966 and 1984.