King Juan Carlos In Dominican Republic

King Juan Carlos is said to have left Spain for the Dominican Republic, according to several media outlets.

The Spanish Royal Household said yesterday that Don Juan Carlos would move out of Zarzuela Palace and abandon the country amid claims of financial irregularities.

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King Juan Carlos abdicated the Spanish throne in 2014. © Dany Virgili

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez today praised King Felipe for distancing himself from his father for the sake of the Crown.

Other left-leaning figiures, however, said Don Juan Carlos’ departure was akin to fleeing justice. His Majesty’s attorneys say he remains open to whatever officials may need.

King Felipe, meanwhile, continued with his agenda and has not commented on the crisis. He has resigned any inheritance from his father.

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King Juan Carlos may be staying in Casa de Campo, a Dominican resort owned by the wealthy Fanjul family.

Preparing For The Throne

Prince Felipe was in the Dominican Republic this week for the swearing-in of new Dominican President Danilo Medina.

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Prince Felipe has been representing the Kingdom at such ceremonies at Ibero-American countries since 1996. It’s a means of getting officials, particularly throughout Latin America, used to the future Spanish King.

During his visit, Prince Felipe also met with outgoing President Leonel Fernández, who was in Madrid earlier this year.

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Earlier this week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met King Juan Carlos at Marivent Palace, where members of the Royal Family are vacationing.

King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Rajoy meeting at Marivent Palace.
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