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Court orders ex-Belgian king to take DNA test over alleged lovechild or face thousands in fines per day

BRUSSELS — A Belgian appeals court has ruled that King Albert II, the country’s former monarch, must pay $5,593 for each day that he refuses to provide DNA in a case brought by a woman who claims to be his love child.

The Brussels court on Thursday ordered the 84-year-old to attend an appointment and provide a DNA sample in the presence of a justice official. He will be fined for each day he fails to respect that appointment.

Delphine Boel has been trying to establish paternity for years and her story has often made headlines. Albert has never publicly denied being her father but has refused to provide DNA despite an October court order to do so.

Boel first made her allegations about the king in 2005, the BBC reports.

She is the daughter of Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, who says she had an affair with the king (who was then a prince) from 1966 to 1984.

The BBC reports that whispers about an alleged illegitimate child have stalked the king for years — in 1999 an unauthorized biography on his wife lead to a long-running scandal.

Albert abdicated to his son Philippe in 2013 due to health reasons.

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