DNA research shows that the Belgian king Albert II (85) is indeed the biological father of artist Delphine Boël (51). Alain Berenboom, the king's lawyer, has announced this, various Belgian media report.

Boël has been claiming for years that she is a daughter of Albert II. The artist went to court in 2013 and demanded that the former king do a DNA test. She also wanted the judge to judge that her mother's husband, businessman Jacques Boël, is not her legal father.

In 2017, the court ruled that there was indeed a bond between Delphine Boël and her legal father and that she would have behaved like his daughter for years. The artist appealed the decision, after which the Court of Appeal finally ruled that Jacques Boël was not her legal father and that Albert II had to undergo a DNA analysis.

King Albert II then appealed the judgment. He did have blood taken for a DNA test in the Erasmus hospital in Brussels, after the court imposed that penalty on him for a penalty of 5,000 euros per day. He forced the result to remain secret.

However, the king's duty of secrecy was again rejected by the Court of Appeal on 13 December.

Mother van Boëls would have had years of relationship with frost

Boël's mother Sybille de Selys Longchamps is said to have had a relationship with the monarch between 1966 and 1984. Albert II was king of Belgium for almost twenty years. Although he is no longer the head of state, he was allowed to retain the title of king after his abdication. His son Filip took over the throne from him more than five years ago.