The 52-year-old sculptor Boël prosecuted the former king in 2013, now 86 years old, who is recognized as his father. He claimed that the king had an affair with his mother, Sybil de Lelichmes, which resulted in him being born in 1968.
In January, he admitted that he was in fact Boel’s biological father.
Boël will now change his last name to his father “Saxe Cobourg”. Her children will also become princesses and princes of Belgium.
“He is pleased with the court’s decision, ending a lengthy process that is particularly painful for him and his family,” Bonnell’s attorney Yves-Henry Leleu said in a statement to CNN. He said, “Legal victory will never take the place of father’s love but imparts a sense of justice.”
Albert II married Queen Paola of Belgium in 1959, later Queen Paola of Belgium and became King in 1993. In 2013, at the age of 79, Albert II left the throne in favor of his son Philip, citing concerns over his age and health. .
Rumors about a child born to an extramarital affair began floating around only a few years after he ascended the throne, surrounded by allegations published in a 1999 biography about Queen Pola.
Boel’s name appeared in the first pages of newspapers as the scandal and alleged child. Despite the king’s repeated denials of paternity in later years, he began to speak openly to the media about the matter.