Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Oh dear: is Prince Laurent the father of a teenage son?
The claims are being made by Jackie de Moor, who was Wendy's long time personal assistant and body guard.
De Moor told Belgian magazine, Story, that Prince Laurent and Wendy met a fashion show in 1995. Prince Laurent then asked Wendy to join him for dinner at a local restaurant. De Moor waited outside. This meeting began a "long-standing" affair between Prince Laurent and Miss van Wanten.
Wendy gave birth to Clement in 2000. Clement, according to de Moor, doesn't know his real father. He believes Dany Vanholme, who was Wendy's manager, is his father.
De Moor learned about the affair when he picked Wendy up in his car. She was sitting in the back seat of the car. She laughed and said: "I have butterflies in my stomach. I'm in love. I got a prince."
She confessed the details of her affair and her pregnancy. She thought she hit the jackpot. De Moor said Wendy believed Laurent would marry her and she would become a princess.
Wendy became pregnant, and gave birth to a son, whom she named Clement. Laurent ended the affair, but not without arranging for a court agreement between he and Wendy. The alleged agreement stated that if Wendy kept silent about the illegitimate child, Laurent would provide financial assistance. Wendy agreed. To this day, she has maintained her silence.
Prince Laurent is also silent on the matter. In 2002, he married Claire Coombs. They have three children: Princess Louise and twin sons, Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric.
Rumors about Prince Laurent being Clement's father are not new. In December 2011, Wendy's elder son, Dylan Vanholme told reporters that Clement's father was Danny de Waele, Wendy's manager, who had died in 2006. Dylan referred to De Waele as his stepfather even though Wendy and Danny never came out as an official couple.
"Of course, I was not at the conception," Dylan said in 2011, but when I look at my brother, I recognize more and more of my stepfather in him. So Clement must be his son."
He added: "Danny was always the man in my mom's life."
Wendy van Wanten, now 54 years old, has maintained her silence regarding the rumors about her younger son's father.