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    Spanish royal family engulfed in scandal




    THE cartoon cover of the latest issue of the Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves depicts King Juan Carlos I of Spain having an embarrassing accident as his younger daughter Princess Cristina reads a court summons.


    The cruelly-drawn figure of the king sports a big red drinker's nose, a dark patch on his trousers and a puddle at his feet. The headline reads "La Monarquia hace aguas" which translates as "the monarchy makes water". Put more crudely it means, "the monarchy is wetting itself" - which is a pretty accurate summation of the current state of affairs.



    The Spanish royal house of Bourbon and the Two Sicilies is in crisis. Princess Cristina's husband stands accused of embezzling millions of euros of public money and has been banished from royal circles. His former business partner has now implicated not only the princess - resulting in that court summons - but also the king himself.

    For the first time in 37 years of what has until recently been a highly successful reign Juan Carlos' popularity has plummeted so dramatically that abdication is openly discussed in Spanish society and the press. For Juan Carlos this is uncharted territory. Since acceding to the throne in 1975 he has enjoyed the sort of unquestioning deference that our own royals can only dream of. He was a favourite of Prince Charles and Princess Diana who enjoyed several bucket-and-spade family breaks in Spain with their sons.


    Now Juan Carlos is not even a favourite with his own people, who are increasingly looking to his son Prince Felipe to take over.

    Except that has also gone pear-shaped this week with the revelation in the book Goodbye, Princess that Felipe's wife and future queen consort Letizia had an abortion in 2002 (which was before they met but also when abortions were illegal except on stringent medical grounds) then ordered her cousin to destroy all record of it before her engagement to the prince was announced. Since the book's author is that same cousin, David Rocasolano it is not so easily dismissed

    The tide began to turn in late 2011 when Princess Cristina's husband Inaki Urdangarin, 45, was accused of stealing six million euros of public funds from the Noos Institute, a Mallorca-based charitable organisation which runs sport and cultural events. A former Olympic handball champion who was made Duke of Palma de Mallorca when he married Cristina in 1997, Urdangarin allegedly used his royal connections to win contracts for Noos when he was head of the charity between 2004 and 2006 then siphoned the money into private off-shore bank accounts.

    He has appeared twice before an investigating judge in two closed hearings (most recently in February) but has yet to be charged. Nonetheless his royal in-laws have declared him persona non grata and his pro-file has been removed from their website.

    So far, so containable. However the scandal has now taken a giant leap closer to the crown. Emails released by Urdangarin's former business partner Diego Torres (also accused of embezzlement and money laundering) purport to show that Princess Cristina knew of her husband's activities because she was on the board of the Noos Institute and co-owned one of the private companies Urdangarin allegedly used to divert funds. This week judge Jose Castro ordered Princess Cristina, 47, to Palma, Mallorca, to be questioned in court on April 27 - the first court appearance ever by a member of the royal family.




    That may not be the end of it. According to Diego Torres those same emails (there are 200 of them) also show that the king knew a good deal about his son-in-law's business dealings and even supported him.


    Enter at this point the glamorous blonde German aristocrat Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 48, who has enjoyed an illdefined relationship with the Spanish king for nine years and also exchanged emails with Urdangarin in 2004. Though there is no suggestion of wrongdoing Princess Corinna has felt moved to admit she helped to secure "an honourable position" for Urdangarin, telling El Mundo newspaper: "I just tried to help to find him, as I was asked to, a job compatible with his position."


    Asked by whom? King Juan Carlos? Nobody can say for sure. But it is known that Princess Corinna (the title is from her second ex-husband) accompanied the king on a safari to Botswana in April 2012, a trip that was to prove remarkably ill-fated. It was a private holiday and might well have remained so had the king not broken his hip. It then emerged that he had been hunting elephants (which cost him the Spanish presidency of the World Wildlife Fund) in the company of not his wife Queen Sofia but the mysterious Princess Corinna who claims to have worked for Spanish intelligence.


    Worst of all the king had gone off on his rich man's jolly just weeks after declaring he could not sleep at night for worrying about the young unemployed in his country (and with 26 per cent unemployment there is much to worry about). That more than anything is making Spaniards reassess the 7million a year it costs to keep the royal family, even after a voluntary seven per cent "pay cut" last year in solidarity with Spain's public sector workers.

    However it has also made them reassess the Greek princess who married their king nearly 51 years ago.

    The publication last year of a best-selling biography The Loneliness Of The Queen shocked the public with its portrayal of Sofia as an unhappy woman deeply hurt by her husband's many infidelities and with few friends in her adopted country.

    Author Pilar Eyre claims the king and queen have not shared a bedroom since Sofia caught Juan Carlos with another woman in January 1976 in Toledo (on another hunting trip). According to Eyre's rather breathless account it was not the first time the queen had discerned "something female" on the king.

    The royal couple's golden wedding anniversary passed unmarked last year. "There is a new respect and great sympathy for Queen Sofia because she has put her duty before her personal happiness," says one royal observer.

    Our own Queen's Diamond Jubilee party last year for the world's crowned heads would have given Sofia a respite from tensions at home and the chance to relax with her cousins (she is related to both the Queen and Prince Philip) and her brother is ex-King Constantine of Greece. But Spain's differences with Britain over Gibraltar meant she was banned from attending.

    And the Spanish royal family's troubles have intensified since then. Opinion polls show only 53 per cent support for the monarchy - the lowest ever - while 86 per cent favour Juan Carlos passing the crown to his son. Five years ago El Jueves was briefly closed down for publishing a lewd cartoon of the Crown Prince and Princess. This week's cover will bring no such opprobrium.

    If the criminal investigation bears fruit it will not only cost Cristina and her husband their home (allegedly bought with embezzled money) and possibly their liberty but may bring down the royal house. Spain has not always loved its monarchs - of the last eight three were overthrown and two abdicated.

    "No one is above the law," Juan Carlos told his subjects in his 2011 Christmas message. Indeed. They wait now to see whether the royal house is not above Spanish practices either.





    Anna Pukas - Daily Express


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    Folks waking up that Royal Families are normal people same as all of us .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Folks waking up that Royal Families are normal people same as all of us .
    With one distinct difference - They have the choice to be "Royal" or not. ie They can abdicate

    A choice not offered to the masses!

    Can I choose to be "Royal?" - Me thinks not.

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    The royal family was imposed on the Spanish people in 1975 as part of the 'end of Fascism' The Spanish democratically voted by majority for a Republic in 1931 which was opposed by the Fascist and led to the Spanish Civil War. 80 years later and the Republic is still denied it's existence. The recent scandals of embezzlement by Princess Cristina and the ongoing cost to the Spanish taxpayer in this period of austerity is re-igniting calls for a Republic.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    Spanish princess Infanta Cristina charged with fraud



    A judge in Spain has charged the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos, the Infanta Cristina, with fraud and money-laundering.

    The princess was summoned to appear in court on 8 March, Spanish and French news agencies report.

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    Reported back in November 2013

    Spanish royal's property impounded in corruption case



    Inaki Urdangarin is a former handball player married to the Infanta Cristina

    A judge in Spain has ordered properties belonging to the king's son-in-law to be impounded amid a corruption scandal that has embarrassed the royal family.

    Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, is suspected of misusing millions of euros in public funds that were given to a charitable foundation he ran.

    The judge ordered the seizure to cover a 6.1m euro (5.23m: $8.2m) bond for the duke's liability in the case.

    The duke has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime.

    The former Olympic handball player is married to King Juan Carlos's second child, the Infanta Cristina.

    One of the properties targeted by the judge is a large luxury house on the outskirts of Barcelona belonging to the duke and Princess Cristina.

    Several other properties belonging to them in the Balearic Islands and in north-east Spain have also been seized.

    The duke and his former business partner Diego Torres are suspected of siphoning off money given by regional governments to the Noos Institute to organise sporting events.

    It is alleged that some of the money ended up in companies controlled by the duke and in offshore bank accounts.

    The events allegedly happened between 2004 and 2006, when the duke stepped down as head of the institute.

    Mr Torres has also denied any wrongdoing.

    The duke was suspended from official royal engagements in December last year.

    The princess, who is seventh in line to the throne and also denies any wrongdoing, recently moved to Switzerland in the hope of shielding the couple's children from unwanted media attention

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    Recently in Thailand.

    Demanded her security guards be allowed to enter an aircraft with loaded weapons.

    Every compromise rejected.

    Eventually travelled on a different airline.

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    Just as a matter of interest....have there ever been any cases of internal gunfire-caused rapid decompression on a large passenger aircraft, preferably at a spectacular height ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Folks waking up that Royal Families are normal people same as all of us .
    Normal, perhaps [as in: flesh and blood].

    But certainly their activities and benefits are farther reaching than what might be considered normal. An imposed class system that surpasses reason. And we buy into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Recently in Thailand.

    Demanded her security guards be allowed to enter an aircraft with loaded weapons.

    Every compromise rejected.

    Eventually travelled on a different airline.
    Interesting but not surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick
    Inaki Urdangarin is a former handball player married to the Infanta


    Brave man!

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