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Re: King Albert II releases statement
One thing to keep in mind is that it was the Belgian courts (an arm of government) that made the decision that Delphine is a princess. In a constitutional monarchy, it is important that the monarch and (in this case) the former monarch are seen to be in accord with such a decision. I'm reasonably sure that the decision to hold and to announce the meeting was made in consultation with political advisors. At the same time, I see King Philippe (whom I met in a long small group meeting some years ago) is a really decent person who also wants to do the right thing by a family member.
My first reaction to that endorsement is "Oh Please!"
1.Does anyone really care what the former King thinks about the meeting of the two siblings?
2.Did anyone really expect the former king to say anything but positive comments or actually openly criticize the current King and the positive step he has taken?
Until Albert publicly apologizes to Delphine and the people of Belgium for his wrongs, the cruel way he treated her, and his obstinacy, he should just sit in a corner and just enjoy the remainder of his days.