King Juan Carlos’ Troubles Continue

A British court is moving forward with harassment claims against Spain’s King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father.

Don Juan Carlos’ former lover, Corinna Larsen, is accusing the former Spanish head of state, who abdicated in 2014, of trying to intimidate her.

King Juan Carlos signing his abdication announcement. Spanish Royal Household

Larsen, a businesswoman who was once married to a German prince, was with King Juan Carlos during an elephant hunting trip in 2012, in which the monarch fell and had to be flown back to Spain.

The incident, which happened during Spain’s economic troubles, prompted scrutiny of Don Juan Carlos’ finances and relationships.

The monarch’s relationship with Larsen, always seen as dangerous by the Spanish government, eventually soured, and she claims intelligence agents kept her under surveillance and did things like shooting at her security cameras.

King Juan Carlos has been living in exile in the United Arab Emirates while under investigation for financial crimes. King Felipe has declined any inheritance form his father.

King Felipe and King Juan Carlos during the day of Don Felipe’s proclamation in 2014. Spanish Royal Household

Many of those probes, however, have been shelved and Don Juan Carlos has worked to make good with Spanish tax authorities. He had immunity during his time as reigning monarch.

Even though he may never return to live in Spain full time, King Juan Carlos says he will soon visit the country to meet with friends and family.

Larsen is said to have ended up with tens of millions of dollars that belonged to Don Juan Carlos and gifted by Saudi royals, according to media reports.

Officials have been unable to prove the money was an illegal commission for King Juan Carlos’ role in securing a deal for Spanish firms to build high speed train service to Mecca.

As a result of all the scandals, King Juan Carlos is the least popular member of the Spanish Royal Family, but many people respect his efforts to secure Spanish Democracy.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia during an event at the Spanish Parliament. Spanish Royal Household

His wife, Queen Sofia, remains among the most popular royals and an active participant in the royal agenda.

King Visits Chile For Presidential Inauguration

King Felipe traveled to Chile last week for the inauguration of President Gabriel Boric, the country’s youngest head-of-state ever.

The two-day trip was a chance for His Majesty to make inroads with the incoming progressive government.

King Felipe arriving in Chile. Spanish Royal Household
King Felipe meeting with outgoing President Sebastián Piñera. Spanish Royal Household
King Felipe meeting with Boric. Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe has attended presidential inaugurations in Latin America for decades, first as Prince of Asturias and now as monarch.

Queen Displays Solidarity With Ukraine

Queen Letizia used her wardrobe to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine, which is under invasion by Russia.

Her Majesty wore a Ukranian-style blouse to an awards ceremony in Madrid last week, and observers quickly noted the outfit’s significance.

Spanish Royal Household

Members of the Spanish Royal Family must stay quiet and neutral about most political subjects, but often find ways to express support or solidarity for certain causes.