As a commoner and a journalist, Queen Letizia was seen as a threat to the future of the Spanish monarchy by Juan Carlos, her future father-in-law. Juan Carlos, 77, who abdicated last year in favour of his son King Felipe, 47, was hostile towards his future daughter-in-law, according to a new book about the family. The Court of Felipe VI, published this week, claims that Juan Carlos was uneasy with a journalist inside the royal Continue reading Queen Letizia ‘the common journalist’
Despite attending a prestigious Spanish private school, despite being privately tutored six hours a day over the summer at an estimated cost of 1.540€ a month, despite his mother being the only member of the Royal Family with a Profession (she’s a primary school teacher, speciality English language) the 16 year old fourth in line to the Spanish Throne is set to repeat with the other 13 years old in 2º de ESO for the Continue reading Prince Froilán set to repeat 2º of ESO for the third time
There’s a new investigative book out that’s rocking Spain (tomorrow, actually), which basically claims King Juan Carlos knew in advance about the 1981 (failed) military coup and even assisted it in order to cement his own power. The King is well known for facing down the military and returning power to Congress, ensuring that democracy triumphed. But is this really what happened, or did the King play both sides off against the middle to come Continue reading How much did King Juan Carlos know about the 23-F military coup? Did he cause it?
A useful bit of trivia for your next pub quiz: King Juan Carlos also happens to be the King of Jerusalem, although I don’t know if anyone has told the Israelis. His Majesty Juan Carlos the First, By the Grace of God, the King of Spain, King of Castile, of León, of Aragon, of the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Navarre, of Granada, of Seville, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Sardinia, of Córdoba, Continue reading Things we didn’t know: King of Spain is also King of Jerusalem
Princess Cristina of Spain could be charged as an “accomplice” to the theft of millions of euros of tax payers money. Judge José Castro, who controversially interviewed her under oath about her implication in the theft of millions of euros by her husband Inaki Urdangarin, thinks Inaki couldn’t have carried out the alleged theft without her help. Since he probably can’t get the Infanta on tax evasion and corruption charges, he’s going for the lesser Continue reading Princess Cristina could be charged as “accomplice” to theft
Judge Castro, who cross examined Princess Cristina recently about her involvement in the corruption case, got so exasperated by her constant “I don’t remember” that he eventually snapped and got sarky with Her Highness. The information comes from the official transcript which has been released in leiu of allowing reporters into the courtroom to record. Princess Cristina comes across as a bit of dippy blonde, something her lawyers and PR team have no doubt spent Continue reading Princess Cristina: Hubbie makes the cash, I just look after the kids
It’s his 46th birthday, but instead of kicking back and enjoying himself, Prince Felipe is finding himself embroiled in new rumours about the state of his marriage. Things haven’t been helped by an statement from the Palace (la Zarzuela) which spoke of altibajos in his marriage, the usual “ups and downs” after 10 years together. Altibajos are usually more bajo than alto…
Well, what a surprise. Nice to hear it being said by someone official, tho’. The Judge who is prosecuting Princess Cristina for tax fraud has reprimanded several Tax Inspectors who in past allowed her to slip fake invoices into her tax return without penalty. “You, and your entire department, appear to be under orders to “look the other way” when it comes to the Royal Family” he blasted at them. José Castro cross-examined these Inspectors Continue reading Judge to Tax Office: You treat the Royal Family differently!
The Public Prosecutor has accused the Judge who is brining the prosecution against Princess Cristina of being part of a “conspiracy theory” against the Royal Family, and of being duped by Tax Inspectors who have a grudge against their Institution. It’s a bizarre move which leaves everyone in no doubt that the State is 100% on the side of the Royal Family, without bothering to ask if they have been emptying the public coffers into Continue reading Judge is CONSPIRING AGAINST Princess Cristina says the Public PROSECUTOR!
The Judge prosecuting the Infanta Cristina over tax fraud and corruption allegations has moved the trial date forwards to the 8th Feb in exchange for the Infanta dropping legal delaying moves. (See Princess Cristina tells lawyers to stop appealing against prosecution). It was originally planned for the 8th of March. Judge Castro says this is the earliest possible date the trial can be held. The Infanta dropped her delaying tactics last week saying she wanted to Continue reading Spanish Infanta will testify on the 8th Feb