Sunday 16 December 2018

Belgium’s King Albert must provide DNA in paternity case

Delphine Boel’s claim has been on and off the front pages of Belgian newspapers for years.

King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Associated Press Reporters

A Belgian appeals court has ruled that King Albert must provide DNA in a court case brought by a woman who claims to be the love child of the former Belgian monarch.

The decision came as a surprise after a lower court ruled Delphine Boel could not rely on such forensic evidence to establish paternity.

The ruling gives Albert three months to provide a DNA sample which would be used to determine if he was Ms Boel’s father.

Her claim has been on and off the front pages of Belgian newspapers for years. Albert has never publicly denied being her father.

He can appeal against the latest decision or refuse to provide DNA.

Albert abdicated in 2013 and his son Philippe is the ruling monarch of Belgium.

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