Re: ...oh that scheming woman !
Edited by CatherineNY on 3/10/2020, 0:55:38
Johan, I agree with everything you say. The times were different, and the institution of the monarchy had to be protected (still does). This does not wholly excuse Albert's behavior, but it helps explain it. But beyond that, I have personal reasons to be unsympathetic with the way Delphine has dealt with this. I was put up for adoption in the 1950s, and I cannot imagine taking this affair as far as she did. At a certain age, it is healthy to accept the life you have. She is a mother, partner and artist. The ex-king was forced to acknowledge his parentage. The demand for titles was pointless, in my view, as you are surely correct that she and her children will not have them for long (and others in the family will probably lose theirs as well, as happened in Sweden).
What im trying to make you understand is that when choices were made the time and circumstances have an impact on those choices.
When Delphine's parents had their relationship Catholic couples hardly divorced and the first in line of succession of the Belgian throne could not do so without loosing his position and the three children he had with his wife. As i wrote before Albert had responsibilities to more than just one person. Had he chosen for Sybille his three children with Paola would have lost both parents. By not taking into account the consequences of what choosing for her mother or publicly acknowledging Delphine had for Albert and the monarchy you show little understanding of either the institution and the times it happened in.
You also unfairly put me in a corner as not liking strong women. Smart people do not take up such a public quest that will get international media attention without going through their motives for doing so and being clear about the goal they have.
They also protect their own children and i don't think Delphine has done any of that. To me she does not come across as someone who has handled her undoubtedly difficult situation badly. Yes she was rejected by her father, she is not the only one and she was not exactly left out in the cold. She had a loving mother and a very wealthy legal father who provided well for her.
I don't blame her for trying to connect with Albert as a grown woman but when he made it clear that he did not want to she should have realised that there is no legal court that can change that rejection into acceptance. Forcing him to legally acknowledge her was one thing now going after the titles is another. That has to do with the institution of the monarchy and put the current King in a position where he is forced to act in a way that will once again see Delphine rejected. This time that will also affect her children. So i don't think it was a smart move and i strongly believe she might have had a better chance if she had not gone public or chosen the legal route.
If I understand, you are somewhat excusing Albert and Paola for their approach to this by reminding me it was the 1960's.
Okay, what about the 70's, 80's 90's, naughts and teens? Through all that social evolution, they ignored his kid, then denied her, then fought her.
Try as you may to put a better spin on it, there was a terrible moral lapse made worse by decades of denial, and now the courts have duly rectified matters for Albert's child. ...Again, good for her!
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