I don't see what Delphine gained by her actions. She has been in the media since she started so has lost her privacy and so have her partner and their children. She has exposed less pleasant qualities of her mother, biological father and the man who raised her as his.
From the moment she came into the picture it was clear that she is Albert's daughter. Her own mother told her so. There was no reason to doubt her mother and the overwhelming physical resemblance of Delphine to her aunt Josephine-Charlotte and grandmother Astrid only made it more clear.
There was however also the fact that she is the result of double adultery. I also wonder if the particular status of her biological father plays a role in the way she went about things.
Had he not been a Royal Prince but a penniless gardener her mother had a longstanding affair with would she have done the same? Im not so sure.
By her actions she now forces the court and government to take action as her children are styled HRH princess and prince of Belgium but not in line of succession. That is an undesirable situation so that will have to be cleaned up. Meaning she and her children will end up on the receiving end of another very public rejection from her fathers side of the family. So i don't understand her motives and they seem to have changed over time. It went from wanting to know who conceived her, to wanting official and legal paternity and now the titles and styles. It is obvious she is not equal to her half siblings and im not sure she drew the short end if compared to them.
As for the strong woman argument. I don't consider her actions as a sign of strength, but more of a grown individual who is well beyond 30 years old but still blames things that did not go as well as she wanted on her parent. To me that is a sign of immaturity and attention seeking.
I don't doubt it is a shock to understand that you are the result of double adultery. It must also be hard to reach out to your biological father and be rejected. However that does not mean that it excuses everything she has done and the way she has gone about it. It also shows a total lack of understanding the institution her father is part of. As i wrote above had he not been first in line of succession to Boudewijn im not sure if he would have stayed with Paola. Had there been a duke or duchess of Brabant during Boudewijn's reign there is a good chance both Albert and Paola would have divorced and Albert and Sybille might have married raising their daughter together.
However history did not go that way. In spite of 5 pregnancies Boudewijn and Fabiola remained childless and Albert had a responsibility towards his country, the monarchy, his family and the dynasty. Like most Royals he was raised not to shy away from that duty and forsaking what he might have wanted in private.
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