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Old 09-15-2017, 01:19 PM
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Laurent got out of the meeting with the prime minister with a doctor's certificate.
He will have his lawyer represent him at a meeting later this month.

Prins Laurent omzeilt bolwassing premier Michel met een ziektebriefje
https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2017/09...ziektebr.html/
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:26 PM
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So he ill? Hope he doesn't make a miraculous recovery next week...
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:10 PM
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Sigh...... an excuse that people usually use when in secundary school. The poor prime minister must have better things to do than to waste his time with such triffles.
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:14 PM
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I agree , now he has to stay home for a while ! really stupid
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:51 PM
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I used to be so fond of him.... now.....
Of course he can be really ill but it's difficult to believe
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:49 AM
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Princess Claire and the children attended the ceremony of the 20th anniversary of the Prince Laurent Foundation in La Hulpe, oganized by Marie-Claude (Mimi) Solvay de la Hulpe on September 16. Prince Laurent did not attend the event.


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Old 09-17-2017, 08:52 AM
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Of course no , he has a serious illness !
Mimi Solvay is doing a lot for Prince Laurent and his family but not being there for his own Foundation...
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On September 28 Princess Claire as Honorary President of Renovassistance attended the inauguration of the newest renovation project of the organisation:


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Old 10-14-2017, 12:09 PM
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The foundation of Prince Laurent organized today the Zinneke contest for small dogs!!
Princess Claire and the children was there.

https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...59&oe=5A79F3CE
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Thanks for these photos of Princess Claire and the children
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:45 AM
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So Laurent missed another event. He used to attend the competition in previous years.

Here are some more photos:


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Laurent is still ILL !
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It's nice to see Claire and the children at the event; Louise in particular is looking quite grown up now.
Laurent has been a no-show for a while now. I hope, in a weird kind of way, that he is genuinely ill (not that I want to wish an illness upon someone, but hopefully I'm understandable!) and is absent not because he doesn't want to attend, which wouldn't surprise me with Laurent.
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Of course no , he has a serious illness !
Mimi Solvay is doing a lot for Prince Laurent and his family but not being there for his own Foundation...
What is this serious illness? Or are you sarcastic given your earlier comments...
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A depression?
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:23 PM
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He has been treated for depression in the past I believe.

There has been speculation for months about his illness. And while it has been confirmed he is ill, no confirmation given of if what. I tend to think it may be depression. I would think if it was a physical illness they may be a bit more forthcoming. There is such a stigma about depression and mental health unfortunately for many.
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I suppose the sceptisism comes from the fact that it seems that the illness is used to suit Laurent. Him being too ill to meet the prime minister for a scolding about his visit to the Chinese embassy seems like he is just hiding away from the consequences of his actions.
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So true, like the fable of the boy crying wolf, although we, and the public don't know that Laurent could be truly ill and depression should, be treated as a physical illness is treated as far as removing the stigma of mental illness is concerned. I agree with Marengo that it's not unreasonable for skepticism to emerge when Laurent was, seemingly in good health when attending the event at the Chinese Embassy and then when summoned for a meeting with the Prime Minister, he's suddenly too ill to attend.
Sometimes depressed people can carry out functions normally without any outward signs, then something occurs that is a challenge to these persons mentally and they can't cope with it, such as facing the PM in response to his actions at the Chinese Embassy with a possible scolding/reprimand.
All pure speculation on my part as, of course, I don't personally know HRH or am privy to his life. I'm also not defending his actions either. If he's gone against the Govt., as has happened in the past, he should account for his actions to the Govt.
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Prince Laurent's solicitor defended the prince in a 7-page long letter to the prime minister. He claims the issue harms the prince' s human rights:

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However, Prince Laurent’s solicitor says that the Federal Government is in danger of threatening Prince Laurent’s human rights. The law that states that Prince Laurent has to ask for permission to meet foreign officials is open to interpretation.
According to his solicitor, the government is interpreting the law so strictly that Laurent can’t enjoy a normal social life.
Speaking about the presence of the Prince at the embassy, his solicitor told VRT News that "It is something the Prince is allowed to do, as long as his actions don’t have any political consequences”.
From: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.en...News/1.3106614

Article in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...eached-pay-cut

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Human Rights? enjoy his social life?
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