King Addresses Corruption, Catalonia Head On

King Felipe was blunt and direct in addressing Spain’s three most pressing issues during his first Christmas Eve message.

Don Felipe, sitting in a room at Zarzuela Palace, stressed the need to overcome the continuing unemployment crisis, spoke out against corruption and called for unity amid Catalan separatism.

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

King Felipe, in one of his most direct pleas against Catalan independence, said, “Millions of Spaniards have Catalonia in their hears, much like millions of Catalans see other Spaniards as part of their being.”

The King's message often includes framed pictures from the year. Note frames with Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.
The King’s message often includes framed pictures from the year. Note frames with Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

Don Felipe said it would be better for Spain and Catalonia to resolve challenges together rather than face separate futures.

“Problems are not resolved through emotional ruptures,” said the King. “Let’s make a loyal and sincere effort to recall what we must never lose — mutual affection and shared sentiments.”

Note a picture of King Juan Carlos' abdication ceremony at the bottom left.
Note a picture of King Juan Carlos’ abdication ceremony at the bottom left.

King Felipe did not discuss the fraud allegations against his sister, stemming from her husband’s business dealings, or calls for her to renounce her dynastic rights.

But he did zero in on corruption and said it was a positive sign to see the justice system going after wrongdoers.

“We must cut corruption by the root and without contemplation,” said the King. “The honesty of public servants is a basic pillar of our shared lives in a Spain that we all want healthy and clean.”

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