52-year-old sculptor Boël launched a lawsuit in 2013 to identify the former king, now 86 years old, identified as his father. He claimed that the king had a relationship with his mother, Sibylle de Selys Longchamp, which resulted in his birth in 1968.
In January, he acknowledged that he was actually Boël’s biological father.
Boël will now change his last name to his father̵7;s name “Saxe Cobourg.” Her children will also be Princess and Prince of Belgium.
“He is pleased with this court’s decision which ends with a long process that is particularly painful for him and his family,” Boël’s lawyer Yves-Henri Leleu said in a statement to CNN. “Legal success can never replace the love of a father but offers 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 relinquished the throne in favor of his son Philippe, citing concerns over his age and health. .
Rumors about a child born from an extramarital affair began to float just a few years after his accession to the throne, reinforced by allegations published in a 1999 biography of the Queen. Paola.
The scandal, and Boel’s name as the alleged son, exploded on the front pages of the newspaper. He began to speak openly about the case in the media in the years that followed, despite his father’s repeated denials.