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Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium -- Gay?

BRUSSELS (AP) — This time, Belgium's royal family came out swinging.

Crown Prince Philippe, 52, had been depicted in a book as less of a man than is needed to become the next king of Belgium. Again.

So, in an exceptional move, the royal palace struck back this week with an official complaint to a media ethics body against a journalist who published "Royal Questions," a new book that includes damaging allegations about the crown prince's character and marriage.

The royal household almost never deigns to answer allegations but the crown prince himself also made an equally rare public denial to the book's allegations last week.

"The day that Mathilde said 'Yes' to my proposal was the happiest day of my life," he said.

"It is extremely rare to have a reaction like that," historian Marc Reynebeau said Friday in a telephone interview. "It is as if they wanted to show: 'You can claim whatever, but don't exaggerate.'"

The image and credibility of the royal family matters in this European Union nation, which is riven by divisions between its 6.5 million Dutch-speakers and its 4.5 million French-speakers. Three things still unite Belgium: Admiration for the king, a taste for fries and beer and a love of the national soccer team.

Journalists on Friday also questioned the significance of author Frederic Deborsu's probing into the life of Philippe, who is expected to take over from King Albert.

Allegations about " his 'forced marriage,' the birth of his children in a hospital specializing in artificial procreation," the journalist group AJP said, "are they really in the public interest?"

For most of his life, the crown prince has been seen as a less-than-credible successor for his father, who is now 78.

Philippe was considered aloof and awkward, with the charisma of a civil servant. Until his engagement a dozen years ago, he was seemingly headed for terminal bachelorship.

"The general perception is that he is not up to the job to become king," Reynebeau said. "Nobody knows, of course, because it is all speculation."

King Albert, who succeeded his brother in 1993, saw his own image darkened a dozen years ago when he had to acknowledge that he had fathered a daughter out of wedlock.

The scandal caused by Deborsu's book comes on the heels of a major municipal election victory by the separatist N-VA party in northern Flanders last month. The party aims to break up the bilingual nation along linguistic lines and is already looking forward to nationwide elections in 2014.

If the country breaks up, Belgium's royal house would become obsolete.

by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2012

Anyone? We discussed a closted prince earlier this summer. Was it this guy?

by Anonymousreply 111/04/2012


I think he's sort of handsome, in a prematurely gray kind of way. I never got the gay vibe, although it makes him much more interesting to me now. His wife is pretty, although no match in looks to how Prince Philippe's mother looked in her heyday. One turnoff is that he is apparently a fanatical Catholic, like of the Opus Dei kind of variety.

by Anonymousreply 211/18/2012

"Crown Prince Philippe, 52, had been depicted in a book as less of a man than is needed to become the next king of Belgium. Again."

Love the implication that gays aren't man enough to be king!

by Anonymousreply 311/18/2012

I can kind of see it here

by Anonymousreply 411/18/2012

It's a very convenient marriage, Princess Mathilde happened to be a Dutch speaker. She is going to be the first Queen of The Belgians that is a native Dutch speaker.

I think he's cute. I'd hit it.

by Anonymousreply 511/18/2012

Oh honey, he's gayer than the frilled lampshade on Liberace's reading lamp.

by Anonymousreply 611/18/2012

He's gayer than a Belgian waffle side order in a Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Breakfast at the Castro IHOP.

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2012

Couldn't they just make him the queen instead of the king?

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2012

The line 'less of a man' is douchey.

by Anonymousreply 911/19/2012

Belgium is a country? I thought it was a waffle factory.

by Anonymousreply 1011/19/2012

He looks like Jeff Daniels.

by Anonymousreply 1111/19/2012

nothing better than some crown prince uncut meat

by Anonymousreply 1211/19/2012

That's a hot daddy.

by Anonymousreply 1311/19/2012

Just call me 'Prince Faggot."

by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2012
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