Albert, former king of Belgians, is facing a whopping fine of $5,600 a day ordered by an appeals court in Brussels on Thursday if he fails to take a DNA test to resolve the paternity case of artist Delphine Boël.
King Albert II, 84, denies 50-year-old Boël’s contention that she is his love child. He refuses to take the DNA test and wants to prolong the case till he dies.
He is planning to appeal Thursday’s verdict at the Supreme Court which is expected to deliver the final ruling on the case by the end of this year.
The appeals court has asked Albert, Boël and her mother Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps to provide their DNA samples to resolve the complicated case which had been dragging since 2013.
The court is yet to set a deadline for accepting the DNA sample. Albert will have to pay Boël a hefty fine for up to six months if he ignores its deadline.
The court has assured the former king that the result of the DNA test will be released only after the Supreme Court ruling on the case.
DNA tests in October last year had already shown that Jacques Boël, who married Longchamps, was not the biological father of Boël.
Longchamps claimed that her alleged affair with the former king happened between 1966 and 1984. By then, she had already married Jacques Boël, who belonged to one of the richest families in Belgium.
Even before Boël started legal proceedings against Albert in 2013, a 1999 biography of his wife, Queen Paola, mentioned about a child he had with another woman while they were already married.
Boël, who has consistently denied that she launched the court battle for inheritance, welcomed Thursday’s ruling.