‘I will not accept this’ Royal lovechild breaks silence on ‘wrong’ Princess Diana claim


PRINCESS DELPHINE OF BELGIUM, the once illegitimate child of King Albert II, has denied having compared herself to Princess Diana.

“I normally do not speak out about misquotes, but this is just wrong.

“It’s taken out of context. I would never compare myself to Princess Diana, who I greatly admire.

“We have very different stories.

Princess Delphine in a black outfit

Princess Delphine denied comparing herself to Princess Diana in an interview (Image: GETTY)

Princess Delphine sitting in front of microphones

Princess Delphine speaking to the press in October 2020 (Image: GETTY)

“And I would certainly never call myself ‘A Princess of hearts’ as the press is now claiming #stopmisquoting”.

The Belgian royal did not accuse nor mention any specific media outlet in her Instagram post.

She appeared to refer to articles in which she was reported speaking about comparisons between herself and Princess Diana.

Princess Delphine during her meeting with Queen Paola and King Albert II in October 2020

Princess Delphine during her meeting with Queen Paola and King Albert II in October 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Princess Delphine fought a seven-year-long legal battle against Albert II to be recognised as his legitimate fourth child.

The artist started publicly claiming to be the daughter of the Belgian sovereign in 2005.

However, could launch a legal battle against him only in 2013, when he abdicated in favour of his son Philippe.

Princess Delphine sitting on a chair on a stage

Princess Delphine at the National Day military parade in 2021 (Image: GETTY)

Princess Delphine in a red dress

Princess Delphine was recognised as King Albert II’s child in January 2020 (Image: GETTY)

The former King officially recognised Delphine as his daughter in January 2020, after a Belgian court ordered him to take a DNA test.

Delphine was born during an 18-year-long extramarital affair between Albert and baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps.

A few months after this legal triumph, Delphine announced she was taking her father to court again to receive the same rights, titles and privileges as her siblings.

In October two years ago, the Belgian court ruled again in her favour, granting the artist the full title of HRH Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg as well as the possibility to pass on to her two children the royal privilege.

A few days after being awarded her royal title, Delphine held a first, private meeting with her brother King Philippe, followed a few days after by an encounter with Albert and his wife Queen Paola.

The royal has since attended a number of official events open to wider members of the Belgian royal family.

Most recently, in July, she joined all of her siblings and their partners to watch in person the National Day military parade, one of the most important celebrations in her country.

Delphine sat on a stage between her husband, James O’Hare, and UK-born Princess Claire, the wife of Prince Laurent.

Princess Delphine with her husband, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent

Princess Delphine with her husband James, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent on National Day 2022 (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to Belgian journalist Wim Dehandschutter in October that year, the royal said: “Delphine needs to know she can count on me.

“But she undoubtedly knows that. We have known each other for a long time.”


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