Several Spanish news outlets have in recent days released leaked recordings from a German aristocrat said to have dated King Juan Carlos.
Corinna Larsen Adkins, also known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, has for years caused controversy in Spain and helped lead to Don Juan Carlos’ abdication.
Now, recordings from 2015 leaked by a disgraced businessman and former commissar, suggest the King used her as a figurehead for properties.
Leftist parties have called for an investigation of King Juan Carlos, but so far major parties and news outlets have given the issue scant or no attention.
The recordings also suggest Don Juan Carlos may have had money or properties hidden abroad, and may have taken advantage of an amnesty with tax authorities.
Members of the Spanish Royal Family were in Palma de Mallorca today for Easter services at the cathedral there.
It’s the first time in several years that King Juan Carlos, who turned 80 earlier this year, attended the services.
In the coming days, the family will commemorate the anniversary of the death of Infante Juan, Don Juan Carlos’ father.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were in the European Parliament over the weekend honoring late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a towering figure in the continent.
The Spanish Royal Household has increasingly used King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s parents, as emissaries to important events. Both are close to numerous world leaders.
Kohl was a major booster of the European Union and Don Juan Carlos helped shepherd Spain joining the block.
The Royal Household excluded King Juan Carlos from an event at the Spanish Congress to commemorate the country’s transition to Democracy, according to several media outlets.
King Juan Carlos, King Felipe’s father, helped steer Spain from dictatorship to Democracy.
But, according to media outlets, the Royal Household thought it was out of protocol for Don Juan Carlos to attend the ceremonies.
Media outlets reported that the elder King expressed his dismay about the snub to friends.
King Felipe won praise but also skepticism earlier this month when he attended a charity bullfight in Madrid.
Aside from people who oppose the activity, aficionados wondered whether the King — who got a standing ovation — really stands with them.
Don Felipe has not been as keen on attending bullfights compared to his father, King Juan Carlos, and his sister, Infanta Elena.
Both of them were helping open a new winery in the Basque Country during the Madrid bullfight.
Conventional wisdom says Queen Letizia is not partial to bullfighting. Neither is Queen Sofia, an animal rights advocate.
The late Duchess of Alba was also an animal rights advocate, but an ardent supporter of bullfighting as a Spanish tradition.
King Juan Carlos is in Cuba this week to attend funeral services for former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Spain has long had ties with its former colony and, now that the island is becoming more open, Spain wants to secure its position there.
Don Juan Carlos has been a point-person for King Felipe in Latin America. Don Felipe used to be that point-person when he was Prince of Asturias.
King Felipe, meanwhile, has spent recent days on a state visit to Portugal, a key Spanish ally.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia have made several stops in the country and met with several local and national leaders.
Tomorrow the King is scheduled to meet with the president of the European Commission in Madrid.
A French documentary about the life and times of King Juan Carlos is making news in Spain.
Of particular interest has been an anecdote concerning former Spanish Generalissimo Francisco Franco.
Don Juan Carlos, who succeeded Franco, said the dictator took his hand before death and made him promise to ensure Spanish unity.
Even though King Juan Carlos succeeded Franco, he took advantage of the dictator’s death to re-establish democracy in Spain.
Spanish public television giant TVE helped produce the documentary but is not airing it in the country, calling it out of date.
Don Juan Carlos abdicated the Spanish throne in favor of his son, King Felipe, who has now been head of state for more than a year.