Saxe-Cobourg, the daughter of former Belgian King Albert II, won the right to be called a princess earlier this month, following a ruling by the Brussels Court of Appeal that she is entitled to the same rights and royal titles as her father your other three children.
Formerly known as Delphine Boël, Saxe-Cobourg filed a lawsuit in 2013 to get the former king recognized as his 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.
The former king has been challenging the claims for seven years and has not even undergone a DNA paternity test when the Brussels Court of Appeal did so in October 2018.
“This long and rich discussion gave us the opportunity to learn to know each other. We talked about our respective lives and areas of common interest,” King Philip and Princess Dolphin said in a statement Thursday. “This relationship will develop further in the family environment,” they 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, he abdicated from the throne in favor of his son Philip, citing concerns about his age and health.