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Opinion: Prove you aren’t heartless, King Albert, and take the DNA test

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By Voka Kamer van Koophandel Limburg CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Below is an opinion on the ongoing saga of Delphine Boël and her quest to have King Albert recognise her as his daughter, by our Deputy Editor, Brittani Barger.

King Albert, by continuing to drag out this paternity suit, you only further damage your reputation. It makes you seem heartless and cruel not to take a simple DNA test.

Delphine just wants her father to recognise her, which is entirely understandable.

And this isn’t about the money. She’s stated that the man who raised her as his own is way wealthier than King Albert.

This case has dragged on for years, and the King should have come out at the beginning of the suit and admitted the paternity or taken a DNA test to prove otherwise. It would have been easier on everyone – especially his apparent daughter, his own flesh and blood (because let’s face it if she weren’t his daughter he’d have no qualms about taking a DNA test).

Does he really enjoy seeing her in pain? Is he that arrogant to think his status as a former monarch keeps him from doing the decent and right thing?

It is a good thing Albert is no longer on the throne because this type of action – or lack thereof – is a ‘Let them eat cake’ moment that could have brought the end to the monarchy or significantly lower the approval rating of the Belgian monarchy.

Take the DNA test, Your Majesty, before your reputation is damaged beyond repair. Prove you have a heart. The Belgian people will respect you more for it.

No one is perfect. We all know that. So, yes if King Albert had an affair years ago, it was wrong, but the child resulting from that affair is not at fault. She is an innocent consequence of the adultery and shouldn’t be punished. All she wants is to be recognised. Is that really too much to ask?!

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.