The 52-year-old sculptor Boel began a lawsuit in 2013 to have the former king, now 86, recognized as her father. She claims that the king had an affair with his mother Sybil de Celis Launchamp, as a result of which he was born in 1968.
In January, he admitted that he was indeed Boel’s biological father.
Boel will now change his father̵
“She is delighted with this court ruling, which puts an end to a long process that is particularly painful for her and her family,” Boel’s lawyer, Yves-Henri Leleu, told CNN. “A legitimate victory will never replace a father’s love, but it offers a sense of justice,” he added.
Albert II married Paola Rufo di Calabria, later Queen Paola of Belgium, in 1959 and became king in 1993. In 2013, at the age of 79, Albert II abdicated from the throne in favor of his son Philip , citing concerns about his age and health.
Rumors of a child born out of wedlock began to circulate only a few years after his accession to the throne, fueled by allegations published in the 1999 biography of Queen Paola.
The scandal and Boel’s name as the alleged child were spread on the front pages of newspapers. She began to speak openly about the case to the media in the following years, despite the king’s repeated denials of paternity.