As stated, some kings in history (e.g. Charles II and William IV of Great Britain) openly acknowledged illegitimate children. Of course, the royal bastards in question typically were born before marriage, not during. For in the latter case, it would be adultery -- something the men in question would not have wanted to expose.
I know that King Albert II of the Belgians refused, for years, to acknowledge Delphine Boel: he had no relationship with her whatsoever, and resisted requests to participate in genetic testing to confirm paternity. Eventually the law caught up to him, and he was forced to comply: she now is officially acknowledged not only as a natural (euphemism for illegitimate) child but also, a legal daughter ...
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