This Thursday, September 17, 2020, Paris Match unveiled an exclusive interview with the former mistress of King Juan Carlos, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein. Currently heard by Spanish justice and Swiss justice for its involvement in a case of “suspicion and aggravated money laundering”, the Danish aristocrat confided in the weekly and shared many memories of his relationship with the fallen king. Between engagement, coup d’état and her opinion on the exile of Juan Carlos, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein remembered the day she met the son of her former lover, Felipe VI.
“I met Felipe and Letizia from Spain in 2007, at the Laureus awards ceremony, a foundation I was involved in,” she said, “Felipe seemed embarrassed but Letizia was absolutely lovely.” . The former mistress of the previous King of Spain has claimed that the royal family are aware of the ties they share with Juan Carlos. “I was with my son, who was then 5 years old, and, when he arrived, the king gave him a hug! He was not trying to hide anything”, explained Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein . According to her, “the children certainly knew that their parents lived apart, each in a different wing of the palace and that they only met for official events.”
A distance from the royal family
Although Juan Carlos did not hide his double life from his family, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein never tried to get closer to the monarchy. “I never really tried to be around them, it made me uncomfortable. I avoided as much as possible, having too much contact with them,” she continued. And yet, the latter had a strong relationship with Juan Carlos. According to his confessions to Paris Match, the latter would have even asked his father for his hand. “At the end of 2008, he indeed went to see him in Berlin before giving me a magnificent engagement ring in early 2009. I took it as a token of the seriousness of our relationship, but I knew that this commitment could not be achieved. materialize, ”she explained.
King Felipe VI of Spain © Action Press