The 52-year-old sculptor Boël filed a lawsuit in 2013 to get the former king, who is now 86 years old, recognized as his father. She claimed that the king had an affair with his mother, Sibylle de Selys Longchamps, which resulted in her birth in 1968.
In January, he admitted that he was in fact Boel’s biological father.
Boël will now change his surname to her father̵
“She is very pleased with this court decision, which puts an end to a lengthy procedure that is particularly painful for her and her family,” Boels lawyer Yves-Henri Leleu said in a statement to CNN. “A legal victory never replaces a father’s love, but gives a sense of justice,” he added.
Albert II married Paola Ruffo di Calabria, later Queen Paola of Belgium, in 1959 and became king in 1993. In 2013, at the age of 79, Albert II abdicated in favor of his son Philippe, citing concerns over his age. and health.
Rumors of a child born of an extramarital affair began to soar about a few years after his ascension to the throne, driven by accusations published in a 1999 biography of Queen Paola.
The scandal and Boel’s name as the alleged child were spray-painted across the front page of the newspaper. She began to speak openly about the matter to the media in the following years despite the king’s repeated denial of paternity.