"As the chief of my royal family," he said, "I will not hide from you that recent family events have hurt me and given me a lesson in humility."
Last week, Queen Fabiola, Albert's sister-in-law, was forced to scrap an inheritance foundation that was widely criticized as a tax dodge. And the king's son Prince Laurent again came under scrutiny for perceived diplomatic contacts that he should stay away from.
But the biggest blow may be the new reality show "The Real Housewives of the Belgian Monarchy."
* According to In Touch Weekly
Alec Baldwin, 54, and his yoga-
instructing child bride, Hilaria Thomas, 28, are expecting.
Both are very excited.
* Tattle acknowledges a lack of understanding when it comes to this whole Kardashian phenomenon, so we have no interest that matriarch Kris Jenner is launching her own talk show this summer.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the news release about the show said that "Kris" will offer "a daily jolt of celebrity guests, fashion & beauty trends; plus a mix of lifestyle topics - all through the distinctive and unpredictable perspective of Kris Jenner."
Can someone please explain when this family's 15 minutes will end?
* Famed tightrope walker Nik
Wallenda stepped through 30- mph hour winds 200 feet over U.S. 41 in Sarasota, Fla., without a safety harness.
He did not become roadkill.
* Liberty Ross, the wife of director Rupert Sanders, who had a brief affair with Kristen Stewart during the filming of "Snow White and the Huntsman," has filed for divorce.
The couple had been married nine years.
Liberty's filing cites irreconcilable differences for the couple's breakup.
She's seeking joint custody of their two children and spousal support from her estranged husband.
* Showtime is renewing its
Sunday-night comedies "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication."
Given that during the new season of "Californication," Hank Moody ( David Duchovny) has already drunk his own urine, we can't wait to see how next season raises the bar.
* Los Angeles police say that actor Taye Diggs chased down and captured a burglary suspect he found rummaging through items in his garage.
Twenty-year-old Hassan Juma was arrested and remains jailed Monday on $50,000 bail.
* Kid Rock says that Harley-
Davidson's sponsorship of his upcoming "Rebel Soul" tour is a dream deal and that, as the owner of multiple Harley bikes, he didn't believe he was compromising his integrity or risking a backlash from fans.
The tour begins Friday in
Kansas City, Mo., and will end Aug. 31 at Harley's 110th anniversary celebration, in Milwaukee.
* USA Today reports that Drew
Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, who married in a traditional Jewish ceremony, will raise their daughter, Olive, in the faith.
"He's a nice Jewish man from a nice Jewish family," Drew said of Will. "I'm a shiksa [gentile]. I do the seders and we do Passover. I haven't converted yet, but Olive will be raised traditionally."
Drew may also be joining the faith.
"It's so family-oriented," she said. "The stories are so beautiful and it's incredibly enlightening. I'm really happy."
* Amy Poehler has an agree-
ment with It Books for an "illustrated, nonlinear diary." The book is currently untitled and scheduled for 2014.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but you can be sure it's a lot more than you would get for your illustrated, nonlinear diary.
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.