King Juan Carlos Makes New Appearance

King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, made his second recent appearance since abdicating over the weekend.

He attended a game of the Basketball World Cup between Spain and Iran in held in Granada.

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

King Felipe also attended a basketball game late last month between Spain and Argentina, which was in preparation for the world cup.

© Federación Española de Baloncesto (FEB)
© Federación Española de Baloncesto (FEB)

King Felipe has been holding meetings at Zarzuela Palace with a number of government officials or global leaders.

Outlets say the Royal Household is working extra at dealing with a series of potential setbacks, including ongoing corruption allegations against Infanta Cristina and her husband.

Rumors of separation

Rumors have also been circulating that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will announce a formal separation in the near future.

While only rumors, they come from Spanish journalist Pilar Eyre, who has written about the royals, and more recently an Italian newspaper.

However, it’s difficult to know what to believe. Another report said King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, while not seen in public together for months, had regular lunches.

Catalan newspaper editor Javier Godó, Count of Godó and Spanish Grandee, is said to have warned Their Majesties against soiling the institution with divorce or formal separation.

It is said that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia live largely separate lives. He is said to have cheated on her numerous times.

If a separation does happen, there may be a change in living arrangements for Queen Sofia, who may opt for living in Mallorca.

Divorce, while unlikely, could create much more complicated issues dealing with the Queen Mother’s role and legal status.

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