King Philippe of Belgium met his half-sister, Princess Delphine, for the first time on Friday, 9 October 2020, at the Palace of Laeken.

Photo: Belgian Monarchy

The Belgian Royal Palace released the following statement on their official social media accounts on Thursday, 15 October.

‘On Friday 9 October, we met each other for the first time at the Palace of Laeken. It was a warm encounter. This long and rich discussion gave us the opportunity to learn to know each other. We talked about our respective lives and areas of shared interest. This bond will further develop within the family setting.’

Delphine Boël, the illegitimate daughter of former King Albert II and Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, was born 22 February 1968, during an 18-year relationship.

On Friday 9 October, we met each other for the first time at the Palace of Laeken. It was a warm encounter. This long and rich discussion gave us the opportunity to learn to know each other. We talked about our respective lives and areas of shared interest. This bond will further develop within the family setting.

King Philippe & Princess Delphine

King Albert had denied paternity but, according to reports, grudgingly admitted he was the father, after a lengthy court battle when DNA tests confirmed he was Delphine’s father.

Delphine and her children were granted the titles of Prince or Princess but they have no claim to the Belgian throne.

Source: Instagram/Belgian Royal Palace

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