Albert’s lawyers admitted in January that the 52-year-old Belgian artist, Delphine Bo ແມ່ນl, was his daughter, for seven years in a legal battle against her paternity.
“On Sunday, October 25, the essay began, full of emotion, satisfaction, understanding and still hope,” they said in a joint statement signed by Albert’s wife, Queen Paola.
“Our meeting was held at Belvédère Castle, where each of us can express our feelings and experiences with dignity and compassion,” the statement said.
Albert initially challenged Delphine’s claim that she became pregnant during his relationship with his mother, Sybille de Selys Longchamps, in 1968, but returned to his position after the results of a paternity test.
He initially failed to submit a DNA paternity test when ordered by a Brussels court in October 2018. The court later ordered him to face a fine of 5,000 ($ 5,600) each day until he did so.
“After all the turmoil, suffering and pain, it is time for forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation. We have decided to follow this path. It takes patience and effort, but we are determined,” the statement said.
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, he abdicated to give his son Philippe, citing concerns about his age and health.
In January, Alain Berenboom’s lawyer told VTM CNN that the former monarch would “treat all children equally”, and that Delphine would be included in his wishes.