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The new princess of Belgium asks nothing of a separated family

By Clement Rossignol and Marine Strauss

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – An artist who won a legal battle to prove former Belgian king Albert II is her father said on Monday she expected nothing from her new family, after a court last week. made a princess.

Delphine of Saxe-Cobourg was granted the title following a court ruling on Oct.1 after a DNA test showed the former monarch was her father, her lawyers said last week. He changed his surname from Boel to Saxe-Cobourg, his father’s family name.

“If I had done this for the title, the money, everything I would have lost,” he told reporters during his first royal press conference in Brussels. “I̵

7;ll still be Delphine, I’m not going out on the streets and I’ll say please call me princess.”

Delphine said she felt at peace and was relieved to see her life story made public. Albert, who abdicated six years ago in favor of his son Philippe, had long contested his request.

The royal court did not comment on last week’s ruling, although the former king had previously stated that he would not oppose court decisions that legally make Delphine his daughter.

However, she said her father and brothers, including King Philip, refused to communicate with her. The lack of communication from her new family was the hardest for her and her two children to understand, she said.

“I don’t expect anything, I’m just getting on with my work,” said Delphine. “However, if they suddenly showed signs of life, I would never turn my back on them.”

Before bursting into tears, he said that people in similar situations shouldn’t be ashamed and encouraged them to find their own identity. “If someone wants to know their identity, that’s the right thing to do,” he said.

(Reporting by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine, Clement Rossignol; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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