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Belgian King meets with once-secret half-sister for first time

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Belgium's King Philippe finally met with his once-secret half-sister, Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, after years of royal denials surrounding the princess' paternity.

(CNN)Belgium's King Philippe finally met with his once-secret half-sister, Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, after years of royal denials surrounding the princess' paternity.

The pair met for the first time October 9 at the Castle of Laeken, the royal family's official residence, in a "warm encounter," the Belgian Monarchy said in a statement.

Saxe-Cobourg, the daughter of former Belgian King Albert II, won the right to call herself a princess earlier this month, following a ruling by the Brussels Court of Appeal, which said she was entitled to the same rights and royal titles as her father's other three children.

Known until recently as Delphine Boël, Saxe-Cobourg launched a lawsuit in 2013 to have the former King recognized as her father.

The former King contested the claims for seven years and even failed to submit to a DNA paternity test when ordered to do so by the Brussels Court of Appeal in October 2018.

Albert II finally took a paternity test after a court ruled last May that he would face a daily fine of €5,000 ($5,600) until he took the test.

We talked about our respective lives and areas of shared interest," King Philippe and Princess Delphine said in a statement on Thursday.

Albert II married Paola Ruffo di Calabria, later Queen Paola of Belgium, in 1959 and became king in 1993.

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