King Felipe Cracks Down

King Felipe is implementing a variety of reforms within the Spanish Royal Household to promote transparency and prevent corruption, according to media reports.

© Xunta de Galicia
King Felipe and Queen Letizia during an offering visit to Santiago De Compostela last week. © Xunta de Galicia

His Majesty is prohibiting members of the Royal Family from working in the private sector. His sisters, members of the Royal Family before his proclamation, have both had jobs.

The King is also adding new controls for gifts, sending the Royal Household accounts to independent auditors and adding legal advisers.

King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, is known to have accepted lavish gifts from other monarchs.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Reforms stem from a corruption investigation involving Infanta Cristina and her husband. She has denied wrongdoing.

Instead Infanta Elana and Infanta Cristina are no longer members of the Royal Family. King Felipe’s rise effectively bumped them out. They are now considered members of the King’s Family.

Members of the Royal Family are now King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

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