The former king of Spain Juan Carlos is in turmoil. Under the influence of an investigation by the Supreme Court, the former sovereign is suspected of corruption, because he would have hidden 100 million dollars in a bank in Switzerland. In a letter addressed to his son King Felipe VI and made public by the royal household on August 3, Juan Carlos announced his official decision to leave the country. A few days later, the Spanish Royal House revealed that the 82-year-old ex-sovereign is currently in the United Arab Emirates, where he is staying in a sumptuous luxury hotel.
Last March, Juan Carlos was already the center of attention, because his former mistress, Corinna Larsen, had filed a complaint against him for “threats and harassment”, because she would have “been pressured to keep secret the state secrets she claims to hold “. In a recent interview with the BBC, the latter agreed to confide in her relationship with the ex-monarch and their extramarital affair. As she explains to our British colleagues, both met in February 2004, and lived an intense love story, until 2009, reports Royal Histories.
The couple’s first year of relationship was the most difficult, as both Juan Carlos and Corinna Larsen had busy schedules. However, they called each other several times a day, and always kept in touch. A relationship that “immediately turned into a very strong, deep and meaningful relationship,” said the former wife of Prince Casimir of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. As for Queen Sofia, she was well aware of her husband’s relationship with his mistress. “He told me that they had an agreement to represent the Crown, but that they had totally different and independent lives,” she explained.
What becomes of Queen Sofia?
Since the announcement of Juan Carlos’ exile, many media have been interested in Queen Sofia. One might think that she decides to follow her spouse, but according to a source close to the family in the Spanish daily El Pais, it would not be so. The 81-year-old queen would remain to live at the Zarzuela Palace and continue her institutional activities, as well as the work of the foundation that bears her name. So it seems that the royal couple have decided to take different paths, after 58 years of marriage.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia © GTRES