It’s a royal wedding that’s not a fairy tale. From 2004 to 2009, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein was the official mistress of King Juan Carlos I, so much so that in 2008 he proposed to her in marriage. While she took this request as a “token of the seriousness” of their relationship, she always knew that none of these plans would materialize. And for good reason, it is to Queen Sofia that the fallen monarch is linked forever. However, their story is far from idyllic.
If royal weddings make you dream, like those of Felipe VI and Letizia of Spain, Kate Middleton and Prince William or even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, that of Juan Carlos I and Sophie of Greece was a marriage “arranged “. And this by General Franco, while the young king was at the time in love with another woman, reports in the columns of Paris Match, on newsstands Thursday, September 17, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein. Which also reports a complicated union. “From the birth of the children, there were problems. All extramarital affairs testify to it”, underlines the former mistress of Juan Carlos.
An “agreement” to represent the Crown
Aware of the many infidelities of her husband, who did not hide to parade in the arms of his companions, Queen Sofia seems to have always lived well, at least in public, the extramarital affairs of her husband, as well the short relationships as the shorter. And for a reason. “He and Queen Sofia had an agreement to represent the Crown, but each had their own private life,” says Corinna zu Sayn-Wittengenstein. An agreement mentioned by Juan Carlos I to his mistress, who had also confided to him that he and his wife “had not shared the same room for more than 30 years” before evoking his longest extramarital relationship: that with Marta Gaya , which he remained close to.
King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia © GTRES