Belgian palace spokesman Pierre-Emananuel De Bauw has released a statement regarding the rumors of an alleged suicide attempt by Prince Laurent.
Once again, the official statement offers an emphatic denial of the rumors that Prince Laurent was hospitalized because he attempted suicide. These reports have been published in newspapers in Belgium, the Netherlands, and most, notably, in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid with a large circulation.
De Bauw said: "The rumors are absolutely not true. These rumors violate the prince's privacy. From the start, we have asked to respect Prince Laurent's privacy. The rumor mill has to really stop because the rumors are hurting the prince."
Hindsight between 20/20, the moral of the story is that the palace should have issued a brief statement on the day Prince Laurent entered the hospital, which would have nipped in the bud most of the rumors. Unfortunately, the ill-timed release of Queen Paola's statement about her "vulnerable son," and the subsequent firing of the head of King Albert's household only exasperated the situation.