Discreet mediation between Delphine Boël and Albert II failed in 2013

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 14:03
The artist, Delphine Boël, turned down the opportunity to continue mediation with Albert II, before taking legal action. The artist, Delphine Boël, turned down the opportunity to continue mediation with Albert II, before taking legal action. © Belga
A few weeks before taking legal action, Delphine Boël turned down an amicable resolution.
Le Soir and the Sudpresse publications are reporting as such, and elaborating in their Tuesday editions. The reconciliation anticipated a sealed letter in which Albert II would have acknowledged Delphine as his daughter, the letter only being able to be opened after the King’s death.

In 2013 a discussion took place between Delphine Boël’s lawyer at the time, a specialist in family and succession law, and the King’s adviser.  The objective was to find a solution so that the link between Delphine and Albert could be established. The aim was to do so, without however necessarily involving an official acknowledgement of Albert being Delphine’s father.

The daily publications say that Albert II had accepted that the discussions should continue. However, the discussion was abruptly broken off. Delphine herself put an end to this attempt at reconciliation.

The proposal was to have a letter, handwritten by Albert II, in which he acknowledged Delphine as his daughter. However, this letter could only be opened after Albert II’s death. Moreover the document would have served as an acknowledgement of identity, but without legal consequence for the purposes of civil status or indeed any other purpose.

When contacted, Delphine Boël acknowledged that she had turned down this solution. Her lawyer, Marc Uyttendaele explained, after consulting his client, that, “…it was too ambiguous, without any real guarantee for the future or a means of resolving the issues which she was encountering in her life at that time.”

Oscar Schneider
The Brussels Times
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