Belgian palace officials continue to deny the persistent rumors swirling around the real reason for Prince Laurent's hospitalization.
Officials insist Prince Laurent, younger brother of King Philippe, was hospitalized because he was suffering from pneumonia. Prince Laurent was released from St. Luc-University Hospital in Brussels on Tuesday, and is now back at his home, Villa Clementine, with his wife, Princess Claire, and their three children.
If Palace official are lying about the true reason for Laurent's hospitalization, the truth will surely come out. If Laurent did attempt suicide, he should be open about it. As a prince, unfortunately much maligned at present, Laurent could become a spokesman, a face for what depression can do to a person, even a well-to-do prince of Belgium. By going public, and speaking out, Prince Laurent can only help himself, and, perhaps, offer hope to others in similar situations. This would be the case if the report about suicide attempt is true.
Pneumonia is a nasty illness, very treatable. I had it once. People who are run down, not eating properly, are good candidates for catching colds, which can quickly develop into bronchitis and pneumonia. (In my case, I am susceptible to upper respiratory infections.)
It would be far better for the Palace to offer a serious and well-thought out response to these rumors, rather than hide behind comments about the privacy of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire.