The newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws
reports about claims in the French-speaking media (Paris Match
etc) why Princess Claire and her children were absent from the Mass of Remembrance.
The French-speaking media report that Prince Laurent apparently is so angry with the politicians and the media about the cut in his allowance, but especially with the annual report he has to make for the Auditory Court. The Prince seems to feel under control and is so upset about this that he demonstratively claims he can not afford clothing and coiffure anymore for the Princess.
The Princess seems to have withdrawn from public and committed herself totally to her teenage children Princess Louise (14) and the twins Prince Aymeric and Prince Nicholas (12). Princess Claire however finds comfort with King Albert and Queen Paola (also absent at the Remembrance Mass). It seems the former King and Queen see Claire's endless patience with Laurent and her unconditional commitment to her children as exceptional virtues. Apparently this endeared Claire into their hearts. This summer Princess Claire, Princess Louise, Prince Aymeric and Prince Nicholas -but not Prince Laurent- were guests at the yacht of King Albert and Queen Paola, sailing around Corsica.