Royals Silent Amid Catalan Crisis

King Felipe has been silent about the recent mock pro-independence referendum in Catalonia, where more than 80 percent of voters supported splitting from Spain.

Members of the Royal Family are, instead, continuing with their public agenda while no doubt dealing with the situation in private.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
King Felipe and Queen Letizia visiting Luxembourg’s royals this week. Queen Letizia was in Portugal last week. Both will visit Belgium tomorrow. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Juan Carlos made comments widely interpreted to be against Catalan separatism before his abdication earlier this year.

And King Felipe has stressed Spanish unity and urged politicians to focus on economic growth during several recent messages.

While the Spanish Constitution doesn’t allow the King to make day-to-day political decisions, it falls on him to be an arbiter and moderator over the State’s political forces.

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Their Majesties at a funeral for victims of a bus crash in Murcia over the weekend. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Meanwhile, Infanta Cristina, the King’s sister, still faces tax evasion charges tied to her husband’s business dealings.

She no longer faces money laundering charges, Spanish media reported last week, and may avoid trial because of the difference of opinion between authorities about her guilt.

The Royal Household has expressed respect for the judicial branch. And she may, according to gossip, end up resigning her dynastic rights.


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