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Delphine Boël’s case declared inadmissible by Belgian court

Delphine Boël’s has been declared inadmissible by the Belgian Court in Brussels, and thus, Belgian King Albert II cannot legally be declared Delphine’s father. Her legal father remains Jacques Boël, despite the fact that DNA-testing has proved that he is not her biological father.

“A biological bond alone does not suffice to prove a father-daughter relationship. There are other components, like the integration into a family,” the judge argued. Jacques Boël has always acted like Delphine’s father, she carries his name, and she grew up in the Boël family.

This decision from the court blocks Delphine’s next step in the procedure; DNA-testing on King Albert II to prove that he is her biological father.

Delphine was born in 1968 as the daughter of Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps and was officially recognised by her mother’s husband Jonkheer Jacques Boël (of which the English equivalent would be Esquire). The King made a reference to a crisis ‘thirty years ago’ in the 1999 Christmas speech but has otherwise remained silent on the subject. Delphine Boël has always claimed that it was not about any inheritance, as her legitimate father is much richer than the King.

In 2013, Delphine summoned King Albert and two of his children, the Duke of Brabant, now King Philippe and Princess Astrid of Belgium, the Archduchess of Austria-Este to court in hopes of obtaining DNA for testing purposes. The King enjoyed immunity at the time, but his abdication in July 2013 opened the way for a new procedure.

She ran into some trouble when she wished to revoke the paternity of Jacques Boël, as this had to be done before you turn 22 or within a year of learning that your parent is not actually your parent. Belgium’s constitutional court has now ruled that the right to know who your biological parent is, is more important than the age limit.

  • Jan M Keus

    Why didnot she ask prince Laurent to produce a DNA sample? Is this cause his origin is uncertain? Being son of Paola and someone else?

  • Karis Muller

    So her mother never told her?Or her father?

    • Melissa

      She’s said that Albert was part of her life until he broke it off with her mother and went back to Paola.

  • UF

    “A biological bond alone does not suffice to prove a father-daughter relationship. There are other components, like the integration into a family,” the judge argued. Jacques Boël has always acted like Delphine’s father, she carries his name, and she grew up in the Boël family.
    Incredibly stupid, these judges. Where’s the logic? If she was a little girl, how might she possibly know the facts? What difference how Boel acted, what name she carried or where she grew up?
    What kind of a man is the King Albert not to want to learn the truth and help this woman, particularly now he’s abdicated? Shame on him. Typical royal

  • Melissa

    The paragraph is confusing and it doesn’t say why the case was declared inadmissible

    • CP

      Sure it does, Her mothers husband Jacques Boel acknowledged and accepted her as his daughter and raised her as his daughter, despite there being no biological bond. Also she didn’t deny the paternity to Jacques Boel, before she turned 21 as required by Belgian law. Case dismissed. Now if she and one of her supposed half siblings privately agree to prove or disprove by sending off for test kits and choose to share the test results, she’s satisfied possible half siblings satisfied and no ones business but theirs. But the way it stands at present, Delphine cannot demand byBelgian law, the former king be tested to prove or disprove their possible biological relationship.

      • Melissa

        The last paragraph says, “Belgium’s constitutional court has now ruled that the right to know who your biological parent is, is more important than the age limit.” If that’s correct then she shouldn’t be barred by the time limit.

  • Jan M Keus

    I ask again: Why not ask Laurent? He is most willing to complain.

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