Via Maritime Strauss
Brussels (Reuters)-The former King of Belgium, Albert, met his daughter Delphine for the first time after winning a seven-year legal battle to prove that he was her father and was praised by the princess.
The royal family said on Tuesday that the two met with Albert’s wife, Queen Paul, at Belvedere Castle, the royal residence in Lyken, on the outskirts of Brussels.
The King, Queen and Delphin said in a statement: “On Sunday, October 25, a new chapter opens, full of emotion, calm, understanding and hope.”
“Our meeting was held at the Belvedere Castle. At this meeting, each of us was able to express our feelings and experiences calmly and sympathetically.”
“After the turmoil, trauma and pain, it is time for forgiveness, recovery and reconciliation. This is the way we decided to unite firmly, both patiently and sometimes difficult.
The 52-year-old Belgian artist Delphine Boel proved that the former king was her father after seven years of legal battles. After being confirmed by a DNA test, the court awarded her the title of princess earlier this month. Albert, 86, abdicated six years ago and has long questioned Boel’s claims on the grounds of his son Philippe.
After that, she changed her surname from Boel to her father’s Saxe-Cobourg.
Delphine met Philippe for the first time on October 15.
Before that, she said that her father and siblings, including Philippe, had refused to communicate with her, and she didn’t want them to have anything.
The statement said: “These first steps paved the way for us to act peacefully now.”
(Reporting by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine, editing by Kate Abnett and Giles Elgood)