he illegitimate son of a Dutch prince looks likely to finally be accepted as a member of the royal family after a lengthy legal battle to overturn an informal deal struck at his birth.
Hugo Klynstra, 21, is the son of Prince Carlos, the cousin of King Willem-Alexander, and Brigitte Klynstra, a friend from childhood with whom he had a relationship.
Prince Carlos insists that when Ms Klynstra became pregnant, the couple struck an agreement that the child would receive no royal title or other rights.
But on reaching the age of 18, Hugo Klynstra decided to challenge that arrangement and has fought a series of legal battles to be granted royal status.
He wants the grandiose title of His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren de Bourbon de Parme and has also demanded that he be listed in a register of Dutch nobles.
In the latest round of the battle, the matter was discussed on Monday by the Council of State, an advisory body to the Dutch royal family.
The meeting was held behind closed doors, but the council is expected to hand down a decision favourable to Mr Klynstra within a few weeks, according to De Telegraaf and other Dutch newspapers.