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Old 01-02-2021, 06:42 PM
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Lovely Family.I think his daughter Louise looks so much like Claire. the twin boys are really grown a lot. Even Laurent looks happy.
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Old 01-02-2021, 07:08 PM
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For all their ups and downs Laurent and his family have always seemed very close. Also there's no way that the rumours about Laurent's parentage are true. He looks a dead ringer for Albert.
Those Coburg genes are STRONG, his own sons look like a young Baudouin and a young Laurent (aka Albert).

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Any news on how Princess Claire is these days?

The photo is lovely but what struck me is how old and unhealthy Laurent looks. I do wish he would lose 30lbs and start taking better care of himself physically and mentally. He has alot to live for!
It's weird, he looks much older than Philippe and there's only 3 years between them, but the King has stayed fit and seemingly takes much better care of himself.
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It seems that there is some movement in the issue of Laurent's Libyan foundation. Money had been freezed by the Belgian government

Today Finance minister Vincent van Peterghem declared in a chamber commission that he sees no objection in de-freezing Belgian accounts of Libya. This means that Prince Laurent's foundation that can claim the 47 million Euros. The money was promissed to Laurent's foundation due to involvement in deforestation projects but the contract was ended by Libya. A Belgian court decided in 2010 that this cancellation was illegal.

We now have to wait for the Foreign Affairs minister Sophie Wilmès to notify the UN about the matter.

https://www.msn.com/fr-be/actualite/...ue/ar-BB1cIn2A

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https://www.sudinfo.be/id308825/arti...nt-pour-sauver

The prince says that he is impatient to restart the projects against deforestation in Libya once the thing is sorted.
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:48 PM
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It seems that there is some movement in the issue of Laurent's Libyan foundation. Money had been freezed by the Belgian government

Today Finance minister Vincent van Peterghem declared in a chamber commission that he sees no objection in de-freezing Belgian accounts of Libya. This means that Prince Laurent's foundation that can claim the 47 million Euros. The money was promissed to Laurent's foundation due to involvement in deforestation projects but the contract was ended by Libya. A Belgian court decided in 2010 that this cancellation was illegal.

We now have to wait for the Foreign Affairs minister Sophie Wilmès to notify the UN about the matter.

https://www.msn.com/fr-be/actualite/...ue/ar-BB1cIn2A

Interview with sudinfo:
https://www.sudinfo.be/id308825/arti...nt-pour-sauver

The prince says that he is impatient to restart the projects against deforestation in Libya once the thing is sorted.
That is good news for his foundation, but how workable is his plan to restart operations in the current political climate of Libya? I hope he will have counsel from the Palace.


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I have a question...hope it is okay yo ask, if not mods can delete. Is Prince Laurent jealous of his brother the King? Jealous because he, Laurent would hav3 like to be king but also jealous because if a rivalry? Thanks. I just get the impression because of what Laurent saids and dies at times.
He touched on the subject in his Politico interview some time ago.

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Ever since he was a young child, Laurent has felt like the odds were stacked against him. He struggled with dyslexia while attending a Dutch-speaking secondary school. He resented the decision to send him there as he was brought up speaking French.

The youngest child of King Albert II and Queen Paola, Laurent admitted that his parents were not around much as he grew up and that he struggled to understand why so much more opportunity and attention was given to his elder brother Philippe, who was a direct heir to the throne.

Though his relationship with his brother, he said, "is much better now", he admitted the pair were raised very differently. "Kids don't understand that. If you have an older brother and you see he is treated differently, then you would ask yourself a lot of questions," he said in a telephone interview.
https://www.politico.eu/article/belg...al-government/
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Old 01-14-2021, 02:28 PM
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That is good news for his foundation, but how workable is his plan to restart operations in the current political climate of Libya? I hope he will have counsel from the Palace.




He touched on the subject in his Politico interview some time ago.



https://www.politico.eu/article/belg...al-government/
I can very well imagine that Laurent resented that decision. It was only made after Flemish political interference. King Baudouin and then-Minister of Education Herman De Croo made that decision together.
It got so bad for Laurent that he ran away and was found hitchhiking to Brussels.

This was told in the documentary about his brother's long way to the throne.
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