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MADRID — A playboy previous that was as soon as brushed beneath the carpet, a preferred son whose telegenic household threatens to eclipse his personal star, and limitless leaks about his personal life: Spain’s Juan Carlos I can empathize with the lot of Britain’s Charles III.

The previous Spanish head of state abdicated in shame in 2014. His story serves as a warning for any European royal who desires their achievements on the throne, fairly than torrid gossip, to be their lasting legacy.

“What he lives is intercourse, cash and energy, the three dimensions of all the issues of humankind,” stated Álvaro de Cózar, an investigative journalist who wrote and directed “Ex-Rey” (Ex-King) a preferred podcast that delved into the 85-year-old Juan Carlos’ troubled life. “It’s a really Shakespearean plot.”

The previous king has develop into an object of open hostility in some quarters of Spanish society following his current second go to house from exile in Abu Dhabi. Gone are the times of a pliant press overlaying up his lengthy historical past of affairs and indiscretions, as some even ask whether or not it’s time for Spain’s third republic of the previous 150 years.

Juan Carlos I can’t attend Charles III’s coronation, the Spanish royal home has confirmed, and a publicly introduced lunch with the British monarch final month was quietly dropped.

Charles’ circle of relatives drama additionally threatens to overshadow the occasion, together with his youthful son’s tell-all autobiography crowning a long time of tabloid divulgences about his siblings and the difficulties of his personal two marriages.

Juan Carlos’ relations with the Spanish public started to crack in 2012, when the previous patron of the World Extensive Fund for Nature injured himself on an elephant searching journey in Botswana whereas his topics again house had been residing by way of a full-blown financial disaster.

This was echoed final month with the sudden look of a guerrilla statue of Juan Carlos within the Puerta del Sol, a central Madrid sq.. The metallic likeness of the ex-king portrayed him aiming a rifle at a separate statue of a bear with an apple tree, a standard image of Madrid.

“He’s an icon of energy,” sculptor Nicolás Miranda instructed The Related Press, saying it was a touch upon the impression of the place an art work is displayed. “In one other setting, it might be an homage,” he added.

In 2020, revelations of payouts of greater than $100 million to Juan Carlos I from Saudi Arabia, linked to public contracts for Spanish firms, burst onto newspaper entrance pages and cable information tickers. This pressured his son to publicly resign his inheritance. Swiss and Spanish prosecutors declined to carry any prices towards the previous monarch.

However there was to be no respite from the torrent of dangerous information. In 2021, Danish socialite and businessperson Corinna Larsen, often known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, sued Juan Carlos in a London court docket. She alleged he prompted her “nice psychological ache” by sending Spanish intelligence brokers to spy on her and harass her after their relationship ended.

Larsen accompanied the monarch on his fateful 2012 searching journey, and alleges she acquired an excellent chunk of the Saudi funds. The court docket dominated Juan Carlos was protected by sovereign immunity for occasions that occurred throughout his reign.

The waves of revelations complicate life for Felipe VI, who took over in a muted ceremony in 2014 with out the presence of different royal households. The antithesis of his exuberant father, the present king is a reserved household man and a former Olympic sailor who speaks 5 languages. He’s tasked with holding what De Cózar calls the “disastrous” Spanish Home of Bourbon on the throne, aided by his glamorous spouse Queen Letizia, a former TV anchor, and their two teenage daughters, Leonor and Sofía.

Because of the exile attributable to dictators, republics, civil struggle and dangerous conduct in Spain’s tumultuous fashionable historical past, not a single Spanish monarch has died on house soil since Alfonso XII in 1885.

Within the years following the Botswana scandal, the Spanish king’s popularity fell so low that the state polling physique stopped asking residents about their notion of the monarchy. Non-public polls recommend these numbers have recovered considerably beneath Felipe VI’s time on the throne.

United We Can, the far-left accomplice in Spain’s governing coalition, known as final month for the previous king’s likeness to be scrubbed from Spain’s parliament, following a brand new spherical of scandal linked to the publication of an upcoming e book, “King Corp.” Get together spokesman Pablo Echenique brazenly referred to Juan Carlos I as a “prison” who “stole public cash.” Conserving his portraits within the coronary heart of Spanish democracy would “humiliate the dignity of the chamber, Echenique argued.

The get together is unabashedly republican, although its extra centrist Socialist coalition companions are usually not.

It’s a precipitous decline for a king so common that many Spaniards used to say they had been “not monarchists, however Juan Carlists”. Those that bear in mind him in his youthful years recall the important thing position he had in making certain Spain’s secure transition from a long time of authoritarian rule to a contemporary constitutional monarchy.

The previous king was groomed by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to succeed him whereas the remainder of his household lived in exile in Portugal. However when Franco died in 1975, Juan Carlos supported a transition to democracy as a substitute, and he stood agency towards an tried army coup in 1981 that aimed to derail the method.

“He, as the top of state, was the motor of change,” stated William Chislett, an creator and skilled on Spain who interviewed Juan Carlos I in 1977. “I believe he’ll go down within the historical past books as having carried out the perfect job he may have carried out within the circumstances.”

However Chislett acknowledged that youthful individuals, in Spain, as within the U.Ok., don’t worth such previous glories in the identical means. “Younger individuals have a distinct view in the direction of the monarchy than the era over 50 or 60,” he stated. “Just like the British, the youthful era are usually not pro-monarchy.”

Whereas Juan Carlos lives out his sundown years within the Gulf, Charles’ head will bear the crown from Saturday. Nevertheless, each British and Spanish royals alike have struggled with the realities of open public scrutiny — and the bar set by Charles’ mom.

“Queen Elizabeth was the boss of all of the royals in Europe. It’s a extremely tough normal that she established,” De Cózar stated.

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MADRID — A playboy previous that was as soon as brushed beneath the carpet, a preferred son whose telegenic household threatens to eclipse his personal star, and limitless leaks about his personal life: Spain’s Juan Carlos I can empathize with the lot of Britain’s Charles III.

The previous Spanish head of state abdicated in shame in 2014. His story serves as a warning for any European royal who desires their achievements on the throne, fairly than torrid gossip, to be their lasting legacy.

“What he lives is intercourse, cash and energy, the three dimensions of all the issues of humankind,” stated Álvaro de Cózar, an investigative journalist who wrote and directed “Ex-Rey” (Ex-King) a preferred podcast that delved into the 85-year-old Juan Carlos’ troubled life. “It’s a really Shakespearean plot.”

The previous king has develop into an object of open hostility in some quarters of Spanish society following his current second go to house from exile in Abu Dhabi. Gone are the times of a pliant press overlaying up his lengthy historical past of affairs and indiscretions, as some even ask whether or not it’s time for Spain’s third republic of the previous 150 years.

Juan Carlos I can’t attend Charles III’s coronation, the Spanish royal home has confirmed, and a publicly introduced lunch with the British monarch final month was quietly dropped.

Charles’ circle of relatives drama additionally threatens to overshadow the occasion, together with his youthful son’s tell-all autobiography crowning a long time of tabloid divulgences about his siblings and the difficulties of his personal two marriages.

Juan Carlos’ relations with the Spanish public started to crack in 2012, when the previous patron of the World Extensive Fund for Nature injured himself on an elephant searching journey in Botswana whereas his topics again house had been residing by way of a full-blown financial disaster.

This was echoed final month with the sudden look of a guerrilla statue of Juan Carlos within the Puerta del Sol, a central Madrid sq.. The metallic likeness of the ex-king portrayed him aiming a rifle at a separate statue of a bear with an apple tree, a standard image of Madrid.

“He’s an icon of energy,” sculptor Nicolás Miranda instructed The Related Press, saying it was a touch upon the impression of the place an art work is displayed. “In one other setting, it might be an homage,” he added.

In 2020, revelations of payouts of greater than $100 million to Juan Carlos I from Saudi Arabia, linked to public contracts for Spanish firms, burst onto newspaper entrance pages and cable information tickers. This pressured his son to publicly resign his inheritance. Swiss and Spanish prosecutors declined to carry any prices towards the previous monarch.

However there was to be no respite from the torrent of dangerous information. In 2021, Danish socialite and businessperson Corinna Larsen, often known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, sued Juan Carlos in a London court docket. She alleged he prompted her “nice psychological ache” by sending Spanish intelligence brokers to spy on her and harass her after their relationship ended.

Larsen accompanied the monarch on his fateful 2012 searching journey, and alleges she acquired an excellent chunk of the Saudi funds. The court docket dominated Juan Carlos was protected by sovereign immunity for occasions that occurred throughout his reign.

The waves of revelations complicate life for Felipe VI, who took over in a muted ceremony in 2014 with out the presence of different royal households. The antithesis of his exuberant father, the present king is a reserved household man and a former Olympic sailor who speaks 5 languages. He’s tasked with holding what De Cózar calls the “disastrous” Spanish Home of Bourbon on the throne, aided by his glamorous spouse Queen Letizia, a former TV anchor, and their two teenage daughters, Leonor and Sofía.

Because of the exile attributable to dictators, republics, civil struggle and dangerous conduct in Spain’s tumultuous fashionable historical past, not a single Spanish monarch has died on house soil since Alfonso XII in 1885.

Within the years following the Botswana scandal, the Spanish king’s popularity fell so low that the state polling physique stopped asking residents about their notion of the monarchy. Non-public polls recommend these numbers have recovered considerably beneath Felipe VI’s time on the throne.

United We Can, the far-left accomplice in Spain’s governing coalition, known as final month for the previous king’s likeness to be scrubbed from Spain’s parliament, following a brand new spherical of scandal linked to the publication of an upcoming e book, “King Corp.” Get together spokesman Pablo Echenique brazenly referred to Juan Carlos I as a “prison” who “stole public cash.” Conserving his portraits within the coronary heart of Spanish democracy would “humiliate the dignity of the chamber, Echenique argued.

The get together is unabashedly republican, although its extra centrist Socialist coalition companions are usually not.

It’s a precipitous decline for a king so common that many Spaniards used to say they had been “not monarchists, however Juan Carlists”. Those that bear in mind him in his youthful years recall the important thing position he had in making certain Spain’s secure transition from a long time of authoritarian rule to a contemporary constitutional monarchy.

The previous king was groomed by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to succeed him whereas the remainder of his household lived in exile in Portugal. However when Franco died in 1975, Juan Carlos supported a transition to democracy as a substitute, and he stood agency towards an tried army coup in 1981 that aimed to derail the method.

“He, as the top of state, was the motor of change,” stated William Chislett, an creator and skilled on Spain who interviewed Juan Carlos I in 1977. “I believe he’ll go down within the historical past books as having carried out the perfect job he may have carried out within the circumstances.”

However Chislett acknowledged that youthful individuals, in Spain, as within the U.Ok., don’t worth such previous glories in the identical means. “Younger individuals have a distinct view in the direction of the monarchy than the era over 50 or 60,” he stated. “Just like the British, the youthful era are usually not pro-monarchy.”

Whereas Juan Carlos lives out his sundown years within the Gulf, Charles’ head will bear the crown from Saturday. Nevertheless, each British and Spanish royals alike have struggled with the realities of open public scrutiny — and the bar set by Charles’ mom.

“Queen Elizabeth was the boss of all of the royals in Europe. It’s a extremely tough normal that she established,” De Cózar stated.

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MADRID — A playboy previous that was as soon as brushed beneath the carpet, a preferred son whose telegenic household threatens to eclipse his personal star, and limitless leaks about his personal life: Spain’s Juan Carlos I can empathize with the lot of Britain’s Charles III.

The previous Spanish head of state abdicated in shame in 2014. His story serves as a warning for any European royal who desires their achievements on the throne, fairly than torrid gossip, to be their lasting legacy.

“What he lives is intercourse, cash and energy, the three dimensions of all the issues of humankind,” stated Álvaro de Cózar, an investigative journalist who wrote and directed “Ex-Rey” (Ex-King) a preferred podcast that delved into the 85-year-old Juan Carlos’ troubled life. “It’s a really Shakespearean plot.”

The previous king has develop into an object of open hostility in some quarters of Spanish society following his current second go to house from exile in Abu Dhabi. Gone are the times of a pliant press overlaying up his lengthy historical past of affairs and indiscretions, as some even ask whether or not it’s time for Spain’s third republic of the previous 150 years.

Juan Carlos I can’t attend Charles III’s coronation, the Spanish royal home has confirmed, and a publicly introduced lunch with the British monarch final month was quietly dropped.

Charles’ circle of relatives drama additionally threatens to overshadow the occasion, together with his youthful son’s tell-all autobiography crowning a long time of tabloid divulgences about his siblings and the difficulties of his personal two marriages.

Juan Carlos’ relations with the Spanish public started to crack in 2012, when the previous patron of the World Extensive Fund for Nature injured himself on an elephant searching journey in Botswana whereas his topics again house had been residing by way of a full-blown financial disaster.

This was echoed final month with the sudden look of a guerrilla statue of Juan Carlos within the Puerta del Sol, a central Madrid sq.. The metallic likeness of the ex-king portrayed him aiming a rifle at a separate statue of a bear with an apple tree, a standard image of Madrid.

“He’s an icon of energy,” sculptor Nicolás Miranda instructed The Related Press, saying it was a touch upon the impression of the place an art work is displayed. “In one other setting, it might be an homage,” he added.

In 2020, revelations of payouts of greater than $100 million to Juan Carlos I from Saudi Arabia, linked to public contracts for Spanish firms, burst onto newspaper entrance pages and cable information tickers. This pressured his son to publicly resign his inheritance. Swiss and Spanish prosecutors declined to carry any prices towards the previous monarch.

However there was to be no respite from the torrent of dangerous information. In 2021, Danish socialite and businessperson Corinna Larsen, often known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, sued Juan Carlos in a London court docket. She alleged he prompted her “nice psychological ache” by sending Spanish intelligence brokers to spy on her and harass her after their relationship ended.

Larsen accompanied the monarch on his fateful 2012 searching journey, and alleges she acquired an excellent chunk of the Saudi funds. The court docket dominated Juan Carlos was protected by sovereign immunity for occasions that occurred throughout his reign.

The waves of revelations complicate life for Felipe VI, who took over in a muted ceremony in 2014 with out the presence of different royal households. The antithesis of his exuberant father, the present king is a reserved household man and a former Olympic sailor who speaks 5 languages. He’s tasked with holding what De Cózar calls the “disastrous” Spanish Home of Bourbon on the throne, aided by his glamorous spouse Queen Letizia, a former TV anchor, and their two teenage daughters, Leonor and Sofía.

Because of the exile attributable to dictators, republics, civil struggle and dangerous conduct in Spain’s tumultuous fashionable historical past, not a single Spanish monarch has died on house soil since Alfonso XII in 1885.

Within the years following the Botswana scandal, the Spanish king’s popularity fell so low that the state polling physique stopped asking residents about their notion of the monarchy. Non-public polls recommend these numbers have recovered considerably beneath Felipe VI’s time on the throne.

United We Can, the far-left accomplice in Spain’s governing coalition, known as final month for the previous king’s likeness to be scrubbed from Spain’s parliament, following a brand new spherical of scandal linked to the publication of an upcoming e book, “King Corp.” Get together spokesman Pablo Echenique brazenly referred to Juan Carlos I as a “prison” who “stole public cash.” Conserving his portraits within the coronary heart of Spanish democracy would “humiliate the dignity of the chamber, Echenique argued.

The get together is unabashedly republican, although its extra centrist Socialist coalition companions are usually not.

It’s a precipitous decline for a king so common that many Spaniards used to say they had been “not monarchists, however Juan Carlists”. Those that bear in mind him in his youthful years recall the important thing position he had in making certain Spain’s secure transition from a long time of authoritarian rule to a contemporary constitutional monarchy.

The previous king was groomed by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to succeed him whereas the remainder of his household lived in exile in Portugal. However when Franco died in 1975, Juan Carlos supported a transition to democracy as a substitute, and he stood agency towards an tried army coup in 1981 that aimed to derail the method.

“He, as the top of state, was the motor of change,” stated William Chislett, an creator and skilled on Spain who interviewed Juan Carlos I in 1977. “I believe he’ll go down within the historical past books as having carried out the perfect job he may have carried out within the circumstances.”

However Chislett acknowledged that youthful individuals, in Spain, as within the U.Ok., don’t worth such previous glories in the identical means. “Younger individuals have a distinct view in the direction of the monarchy than the era over 50 or 60,” he stated. “Just like the British, the youthful era are usually not pro-monarchy.”

Whereas Juan Carlos lives out his sundown years within the Gulf, Charles’ head will bear the crown from Saturday. Nevertheless, each British and Spanish royals alike have struggled with the realities of open public scrutiny — and the bar set by Charles’ mom.

“Queen Elizabeth was the boss of all of the royals in Europe. It’s a extremely tough normal that she established,” De Cózar stated.

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MADRID — A playboy previous that was as soon as brushed beneath the carpet, a preferred son whose telegenic household threatens to eclipse his personal star, and limitless leaks about his personal life: Spain’s Juan Carlos I can empathize with the lot of Britain’s Charles III.

The previous Spanish head of state abdicated in shame in 2014. His story serves as a warning for any European royal who desires their achievements on the throne, fairly than torrid gossip, to be their lasting legacy.

“What he lives is intercourse, cash and energy, the three dimensions of all the issues of humankind,” stated Álvaro de Cózar, an investigative journalist who wrote and directed “Ex-Rey” (Ex-King) a preferred podcast that delved into the 85-year-old Juan Carlos’ troubled life. “It’s a really Shakespearean plot.”

The previous king has develop into an object of open hostility in some quarters of Spanish society following his current second go to house from exile in Abu Dhabi. Gone are the times of a pliant press overlaying up his lengthy historical past of affairs and indiscretions, as some even ask whether or not it’s time for Spain’s third republic of the previous 150 years.

Juan Carlos I can’t attend Charles III’s coronation, the Spanish royal home has confirmed, and a publicly introduced lunch with the British monarch final month was quietly dropped.

Charles’ circle of relatives drama additionally threatens to overshadow the occasion, together with his youthful son’s tell-all autobiography crowning a long time of tabloid divulgences about his siblings and the difficulties of his personal two marriages.

Juan Carlos’ relations with the Spanish public started to crack in 2012, when the previous patron of the World Extensive Fund for Nature injured himself on an elephant searching journey in Botswana whereas his topics again house had been residing by way of a full-blown financial disaster.

This was echoed final month with the sudden look of a guerrilla statue of Juan Carlos within the Puerta del Sol, a central Madrid sq.. The metallic likeness of the ex-king portrayed him aiming a rifle at a separate statue of a bear with an apple tree, a standard image of Madrid.

“He’s an icon of energy,” sculptor Nicolás Miranda instructed The Related Press, saying it was a touch upon the impression of the place an art work is displayed. “In one other setting, it might be an homage,” he added.

In 2020, revelations of payouts of greater than $100 million to Juan Carlos I from Saudi Arabia, linked to public contracts for Spanish firms, burst onto newspaper entrance pages and cable information tickers. This pressured his son to publicly resign his inheritance. Swiss and Spanish prosecutors declined to carry any prices towards the previous monarch.

However there was to be no respite from the torrent of dangerous information. In 2021, Danish socialite and businessperson Corinna Larsen, often known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, sued Juan Carlos in a London court docket. She alleged he prompted her “nice psychological ache” by sending Spanish intelligence brokers to spy on her and harass her after their relationship ended.

Larsen accompanied the monarch on his fateful 2012 searching journey, and alleges she acquired an excellent chunk of the Saudi funds. The court docket dominated Juan Carlos was protected by sovereign immunity for occasions that occurred throughout his reign.

The waves of revelations complicate life for Felipe VI, who took over in a muted ceremony in 2014 with out the presence of different royal households. The antithesis of his exuberant father, the present king is a reserved household man and a former Olympic sailor who speaks 5 languages. He’s tasked with holding what De Cózar calls the “disastrous” Spanish Home of Bourbon on the throne, aided by his glamorous spouse Queen Letizia, a former TV anchor, and their two teenage daughters, Leonor and Sofía.

Because of the exile attributable to dictators, republics, civil struggle and dangerous conduct in Spain’s tumultuous fashionable historical past, not a single Spanish monarch has died on house soil since Alfonso XII in 1885.

Within the years following the Botswana scandal, the Spanish king’s popularity fell so low that the state polling physique stopped asking residents about their notion of the monarchy. Non-public polls recommend these numbers have recovered considerably beneath Felipe VI’s time on the throne.

United We Can, the far-left accomplice in Spain’s governing coalition, known as final month for the previous king’s likeness to be scrubbed from Spain’s parliament, following a brand new spherical of scandal linked to the publication of an upcoming e book, “King Corp.” Get together spokesman Pablo Echenique brazenly referred to Juan Carlos I as a “prison” who “stole public cash.” Conserving his portraits within the coronary heart of Spanish democracy would “humiliate the dignity of the chamber, Echenique argued.

The get together is unabashedly republican, although its extra centrist Socialist coalition companions are usually not.

It’s a precipitous decline for a king so common that many Spaniards used to say they had been “not monarchists, however Juan Carlists”. Those that bear in mind him in his youthful years recall the important thing position he had in making certain Spain’s secure transition from a long time of authoritarian rule to a contemporary constitutional monarchy.

The previous king was groomed by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to succeed him whereas the remainder of his household lived in exile in Portugal. However when Franco died in 1975, Juan Carlos supported a transition to democracy as a substitute, and he stood agency towards an tried army coup in 1981 that aimed to derail the method.

“He, as the top of state, was the motor of change,” stated William Chislett, an creator and skilled on Spain who interviewed Juan Carlos I in 1977. “I believe he’ll go down within the historical past books as having carried out the perfect job he may have carried out within the circumstances.”

However Chislett acknowledged that youthful individuals, in Spain, as within the U.Ok., don’t worth such previous glories in the identical means. “Younger individuals have a distinct view in the direction of the monarchy than the era over 50 or 60,” he stated. “Just like the British, the youthful era are usually not pro-monarchy.”

Whereas Juan Carlos lives out his sundown years within the Gulf, Charles’ head will bear the crown from Saturday. Nevertheless, each British and Spanish royals alike have struggled with the realities of open public scrutiny — and the bar set by Charles’ mom.

“Queen Elizabeth was the boss of all of the royals in Europe. It’s a extremely tough normal that she established,” De Cózar stated.

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