Prince Laurent Discharged From Hospital
Belgium’s Prince Laurent was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon, after spending three weeks in hospital suffering from pneumonia.
The spokesperson for the Royal Court, Pierre-Emmanuel Bauw, confirmed the news, saying that the Prince had been determined stable enough by his doctors at the Brussels Saint-Luc University Hospital to complete his recovery at home.
Prince Laurent was admitted to the hospital on March 18, and then placed in an induced coma the following week to help better treat his pneumonia.
The Belgian Royal Family has been dogged with drama since Prince Laurent’s hospitalisation. First, the Prince’s parents, King Albert and Queen Paola, were criticised by the media for not returning from their holiday in Italy when their son was taken ill.
When the formerly reigning couple did return, Queen Paola caused further problems by releasing a statement – which was not authorised by the Royal Court – in which she stated that she deeply loved her son, and that she was concerned for his future but hoped he would make a full recovery with the help of his family.
It was reported that King Philippe was ‘furious’ with his mother’s action, as he had given instructions that official communications would only come from the Royal Court. The result was that Vincent Pardoen, King Albert and Queen Paola’s communications advisor, has since been fired.Filed under Belgium
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