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Old 11-06-2012, 04:44 PM
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Given the information in the threads devoted to the Spanish royals, Prince Felipe is distancing himself from his sisters, which is to be expected, and trying too hard to appease Spaniards. Infanta Christina and her spouse are having grave legal problems. Infanta Elena just lives her life as usual.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:45 PM
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I'm wondering about the Spanish Family
How close are Elena, Cristina and Felipe?
See this thread in the Spanish Section

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Old 11-06-2012, 08:58 PM
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Thanks guys for your input!! :)

I think Philippe and Astrid are closer between them than they are to Laurent because their personalities are more similar and they see life in the same way (religious, raising a family, etc) but it doesn't mean they don't love their little brother, it's just that Laurent seems to be a difficult person to deal with.

Pour le prince Philippe, Laurent est et restera son frère. - Sujet par sujet - RTL Vidéos

This is the video I was thinking about, the one where Philippe is asked about Laurent.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:21 AM
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Are there any Belgian posters who heard more of this?

"Prinses Astrid praat nog amper met haar broers" -

Kathy Pauwels claims that Astrid is barely talking to any of her brothers.

Laurent started a row with Astrid during one of the new years reception after which she was seen leaving in tears. The row was about the dotation, as Astrid didn't mind a reduction of it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:46 PM
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Maybe that's why Amedeo wasn't at the inauguration? I found that very strange, it's not as if this was a run-of-the-mill activity, this was a huge deal and he should have been present

I don't know if she has a bad relationship with Philippe but I think it is clear both her and the new King are really fed up with Laurent and only deal with him because he's family and to protect Claire and the children.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:59 PM
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Personally I'm not sure Philippe and Astrid don;t get on, wasn't is said that Philippe wanted his sister to take over the next two overseas trade tours? If they really didn't get on would he do that? Maybe they are not that close as in they dont speak all the time but i suspect when they do they get along just fine.
I can see Laurent being difficult to get on with and can well imagine him getting annoyedwith his sister if she was suggesting a reduction in their allowance. IMO Laurent seems like the sort of person to easily get in a mood.
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I would like to mention a TV programme broadcasted yesterday on Belgian tv and to be repeated tomorrow Friday on 3rd channel at 21.05hs local time. It deals mainly with King Baudouin , as part of the rememberance of the 20th anniversary of his death. It has also some connection with this thread. King Baudouin is probably quite correctly described as a fairly strong personality, quite respectful of many values about life, family etc, sharing those with his wife Fabiola.

It is probably quite correct to think that there have at least been ups and downs in the relationship between Fabiola and Paola. Fabiola is said to have had a strong influence on her husband about these values.
The couple crisis between Albert and Paola was quite badly perceived by Baudouin and Fabiola. I just want to stress that this crisis is NOT pure gossip. It was referred to by King Albert II himself in his Christmas speech of December 1999, time of the wedding between Philippe & Mathilde. He stressed how pleased he was that the crisis could be overcome. As you know a daughter, Delphine Boel, was born from his relationship with baroness so&so, sorry I don't remember her name, which lasted 18 years according to her recent statement (while she was supporting the recent claim of her daughter for official recognition). Delphine is 45 years and Laurent is 50.

the tv programme goes into an analysis on how the reconciliation was possible, it took place in the mid-80's. There are 2 versions about it. A soft one : it was the time of the wedding of Princess Astrid and there has been a natural positive influence. The 2nd, much harder, probably worked out between Baudouin and Fabiola, and mentioned in the TV programme, suggests that Baudouin used his influence, and included some threats about the conditions of Albert and Paola in the royal family. In my view difficult to imagine that this would not have made the relationship difficult between the two families.
There are several pictures which suggest that Baudouin & Fabiola took a strong involvement in the education and life of Philippe.
Other comments currently running suggest that indeed Philippe would have been strongly influenced by his uncle. Incidentally Baudouin was quite popular, particularly at the time of his death. This no longer seems really the case now, since the population got used to the relaxed style of AlbertII. The return to a closer style to Baudouin by King Philippe is therefore occasionally mentioned.
You might remember about the fact that Baudouin "escaped" to his duty of signing laws, after the adoption by Parliament, in the case of the "abortion law". That law was totally against his moral principles, and he asked his Prime Minister to work out a scheme, which made him unable to sign, a sort of temporary power vacancy. This is now mentioned again in comments and is criticized.

This is the way I perceive these issues from my own press reading or listening. As most Belgian citizens, I wish the best to King Philippe and his family, I feel they deserve it. I feel confident that he will be wise enough to take inspiration from both Baudouin and his father.
I would like to conclude by mentioning that I saw personally on a Saturday in an Italian restaurant in Brussels the whole Laurent family having lunch with the Delphine family, so a total of some 9 people including the kids. They seem to get on very well together, maybe as the "weaker" members of the royal family.
Incidentally difficult relationship between different royal family members IS NOT NEW in Belgium, that was also recently reminded.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:33 PM
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Seems like the brothers have reached an agreement of sorts

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I've always wondered about the relationship between the King and his siblings, I think he and Astrid are close but not so much Philippe and Astrid with Laurent.
IMO I would't be very happy if my sibling wen to the media to say this: (assuming its true,its from 2013)

Prince Laurent

Prince Laurent last night responded to the statement from his sister, Princess Astrid, who had said she would accept “any decision from the government and Parliament regarding [her] allowance”. “If my sister can afford it, I’m happy for her,” Laurent told the Sudpresse newspapers. “You know me, I’m not jealous of those who are better off than me,” he said...
Personally I wouldn't be happy if my brother was talking about my finances in public!

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