Former Belgian King Albert requested to provide DNA in paternity case

2018-11-06 14:14
Belgian artist Delphine Boel and King Albert II

Brussels — A Belgian appeals court has ruled that King Albert II must provide DNA in a court case brought by a woman who claims to be the love child of the former Belgian monarch.

The decision issued on Monday came as a surprise since a lower court ruled Delphine Boel could not rely on such forensic evidence to establish paternity.

Monday's ruling gives Albert - who abdicated in 2013 - three months to provide a DNA sample which would be used to determine if he was Boel's father.

Boel's claim has been on and off the front pages of Belgian newspapers for years. Albert has never publicly denied being her father.

He can appeal the latest decision or refuse to provide DNA.

Albert's son Philippe is the current ruling monarch of Belgium.

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