King Philippe and Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg met for the first time last Friday at Laeken Castle, they both announced Thursday via a press release from the Royal Palace. The meeting was “warm”.
“We had the opportunity to get to know each other during a long and rich exchange which allowed us to talk about our respective lives and our common interests. This bond will now develop in a family setting. “, add Philippe and Delphine.
Since October 1, and the decision of the Brussels Court of Appeal, Delphine Boël has been considered the legitimate daughter of King Albert II and has therefore become Princess of Belgium. This ended a legal saga that dated back to 2013.
The battle before the courts began when Delphine Boël contested the legal paternity of Jacques Boël and, secondly, wished to have the paternity of Albert II recognized. The former ruler argued for years that Delphine was not his daughter but finally announced in January that DNA tests had revealed he was indeed the biological father and that he would no longer legally challenge him.
Since the judgment of the Court of Appeal, the Palace had not yet officially reacted to this decision.