Monday 23 September 2019

Court rules King of Belgium must provide DNA in love child court case

King Albert II of Belgium is kissed by his wife Queen Paola (AP)
King Albert II of Belgium is kissed by his wife Queen Paola (AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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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