The former Head of State communicated to his son, Felipe VI, the “thoughtful decision” to move out of Spain due to the public repercussions of “certain past events” in his private life (in reference to supposed opaque businesses), reported the royal house Spanish 7 days ago.
Nor the information nor the conjectures they cease in the Spanish medias on the possible whereabouts of King Emeritus Juan Carlos I of Spain, for now publicly unknown, when meets this Monday one week of the ad of going to live abroad for an indeterminate time.
In any case, your security “It concerns the Spanish State,” said today the Spanish Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, on an official visit to Algeria, when asked about the press, although without giving more details.
He Previous boss the State communicated to his son, Felipe VI, the “thoughtful decision” of move out of Spain ante la public repercussion of “certain past events” of his private life (in reference to alleged acts of money laundering), reported the Spanish royal house 7 days ago.
According to a letter made public by his lawyer, Javier Sánchez Junco, he remains in any case at the disposal of the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office for any procedure or action deemed appropriate.
The emeritus king contacted several friends, to whom he commented that his departure from Spain was a “parenthesis”, leaving open the possibility that it may be a temporary march.
INSTITUTIONAL AGENDA, OFFICIAL SILENCE
Amid great expectation, Felipe VI began today in the city of Palma, where he rests with his family, his institutional agenda of hearings with regional authorities of the Balearic Islands (Mediterranean).
It is the first official activity of the king after last Thursday he received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Francisco Bustillo, at the Palacio de la Zarzuela, in Madrid.
However, nothing emerged from today’s meetings about possible comments regarding his father’s departure, where he is or where he will settle.
The president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, avoided clarifying whether they addressed these issues.
“My concern and my obsession is the citizens of the Balearic Islands (…). The House of the King must explain everything else, it is not my turn, “he told the press after the hearing, concerned about the” complicated “socio-economic situation in the Balearic Islands, caused by the coronavirus epidemic. He specified that, had he dealt with the king emeritus, he would not reveal it.
In addition, Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their two daughters visit this Monday on the island of Mallorca the birthplace and museum of the 18th century Spanish missionary Brother Junípero Serra, whose statue was demolished in the city of San Francisco during the recent anti-racist protests from EU.
EUROPE, AMERICA, ASIA, OCEANIA …?
Portugal, the Dominican Republic, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand … These are the destinations or places of transit mentioned most insistently by the Spanish media these days, sometimes with great informative and graphic displays.
The truth is that, since he left the Palacio de la Zarzuela, the royal house did not confirm or deny any of this information, nor does it intend to do so. He considers that it is the emeritus king who is responsible for deciding whether and when to communicate it.
The Spanish Government did not give clues about his whereabouts either, but it is taken for granted that both its President, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, and other members of the Cabinet are aware.
Felipe VI will receive Sánchez next Wednesday in the traditional summer office in Palma between the Head of State and that of the Executive, and the situation of the King Emeritus will be, foreseeably, one of the issues they talk about, in addition to the serious repercussions of COVID-19 in Spain, where infections are advancing.
His departure from Spain also unleashed a new friction in the Spanish coalition government, since the representatives of United We Can and its leader at the head, the leftist Pablo Iglesias, reproached President Sánchez for not informing them previously and that, according to their interpretation, It is a “flight” of the emeritus king to avoid the action of Justice.
It was also used by Catalan leftist and pro-independence parties to fan criticism of the monarchy and demand a referendum on the issue.
According to a resolution approved on Friday by the separatist majority of the Catalan regional Parliament, “Catalonia is republican and, therefore, it does not recognize or want to have a king.”
It is not the case of the Party Socialist de Sánchez, who considers Felipe VI’s measure of “marking distances” with his father “adequate” and supports the current constitutional parliamentary monarchy.
The Spanish newspaper The reason publishes this Monday a poll in which 54.8 percent are in favor of the monarchy, compared to 38.5 percent who prefer a republic. To 71.3 percent it seems good or very good that the emeritus king fixes the residence abroad.
In another poll, the newspaper The world reported yesterday that the majority, 67.2 percent, consider “very” or “quite important” the institutional role of Juan Carlos I in the Spanish democratic transition and throughout his reign. However, 80.3 percent believe that they must answer before the Justice for possible tax crimes.