The Queen Sofia arrived in Mallorca last Wednesday accompanied by the Infanta Elena and the princess Irene. At that time, he was probably already aware of the difficult moments that were going to be lived in the Bourbon family after the statement issued this Monday by His Majesty’s House in which Don Juan Carlos, her husband, announces his decision to leave Spain.Now it is understood that during these days he has not left the marivent palace, when your summer schedule does not usually vary. The first days he approached El Corte Inglés and on Wednesdays he went to the market in the town of Artá, in the north of the island. One of her favorite places, where she sells local products (fruit, honey, sobrasada …) that Doña Sofía bought for the family, who came in turns.
Everything changed with the imputation of the dukes of Palma, that they never set foot in the palace that now houses a dejected woman who can no longer mediate between her duties as Head of State of the son and the outrages of her husband. People from his environment assure Vanitatis that “the queen’s sadness is comparable to that felt when her brother Constantine had to go into exile” because the Greek people no longer wanted him.
Queen Sofia, with her sister Irene. (EFE)
Doña Sofía long ago became the best image of the monarchy. In summer, while the children and don Juan Carlos disappeared, she went to the meetings of Project Man that were organized in Mallorca, on the day of Open Doors, to solidarity concerts where their presence was a claim, to Gordiola factory in Algaida, where the Majorcan glass is created that is at the same level as that of Murano in Italy.
Queen’s duty before anyone else. Her situation is still complicated and very similar to what happened to don Juan Carlos with her father, the Count of Barcelona, when as a prince she agreed to be the Franco’s heir. For years there was no communication and Doña Sofía suffered from this filial distancing. Now it is different and if she suffers it is not because of her husband, but rather because of her son. Along with Don Juan Carlos, she has remained for years in her official role as queen consort, which carries this title only in appearance. Public humiliations have been numerous and with great international repercussion. Now the question that one day will need to be updated is if the next chapter could be the legal divorce. And not a de facto separation as it has been for years.
Iñaki Urdangarin and Infanta Cristina, in a file image. (CP)
The queen has always maintained the type despite the fact that on two occasions she wanted to tarnish her image. One was with the statements he made to the journalist Urban Pillar for his book ‘La reina muy closely’, which Zarzuela officials later tried to deny, and another for the photographs he allowed himself to be taken with the dukes of Palma in Washington when the outrages of Iñaki Urdangarin. At that time it was even said that these photos with allowed posing were a response to her husband’s infidelities. Truth or legend, the case was that they did not benefit the queen, who has always had an impeccable image.
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Few are the negative comments regarding his professional career and less those that refer to his intimate life. The rumors about his possible love affairs have never been consistent and more seemed evils launched by courtiers related to don Juan Carlos. Neither did his long stays in London, where his brother lived. Constantine of Greece, which have never been proven.
Yes, she has taken weekend trips like the ones she used to do when her grandchildren Froilan and Victoria They were studying in boarding schools in the United Kingdom or now when they fly to Geneva to be with the Urdangarin children. Doña Sofia has never had a court and her emotional ties are the same since she was young: her cousin Tatiana Radziwill and of course, her sister Irene. He has never had dangerous friends or surrounded himself with flatterers. Since the family breakdown was made public, it has tried to ensure that this disunity did not affect the grandchildren and was as public as possible.
King Juan Carlos. (EFE)
The striking thing of the last two years, since don Juan Carlos first abdicated, he retired later and the prince became Felipe Vl It is how the role of Doña Sofia was constricted in a striking way in everything that refers to international travel to the Third World and high-risk areas related to the most disadvantaged. The queen with her presence in India and countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia helped publicize the microcredits that have served so much for women without a future to have a horizon for themselves and their families.
The emotional situation is very complicated for Doña Sofía, who has already lived in exile from her father king paul of greece. Even more so since Don Juan Carlos has chosen (or has been forced) to leave the Zarzuela Palace, which has been the family home since they were married in Athens on May 14, 1962.
Don Juan Carlos’s margin of maneuver does not go through staying in Spain. He wants to find a place where he feels wrapped up. The possibilities of your new destination are vast. Since staying in Europe, specifically in Gastad (Switzerland), where he lives her faithful friend Marta Gayá, to move to the Dominican Republic where the Fanjul family has always welcomed him with open arms. This would be the most feasible enclave as an operations center to move around the rest of the world. What seems unlikely is that the new travel route will pass through Arab countries like Saudi Arabia or the Emirates.
Don Juan Carlos with two of the Fanjul brothers. (EFE)
Vanitatis has already advanced the possibility of that new life in the Caribbean. Those who know the family of Cuban origin assure that “for Don Juan Carlos the Fanjuls are a benchmark of unconditional friendship, stability and tranquility. The information circulating on the island, in influential and powerful environments, is the decision of the King of Spain to live where he is received with the honors of Head of State ”.
The Fanjul family She owns Casa de Campo, the most exclusive tourist complex on the Caribbean island, where a villa can reach thirty million dollars. One of these mansions would be the monarch’s most private retreat, both due to the climate and the proximity of Miami, where he could be cared for in any of the private hospitals where the Fanjul are influential and powerful people. Security measures are absolute and confidentiality throughout the territory owned by the Fanjul is exceptional.
If for Don Juan Carlos a new life begins outside of Spain, Doña Sofía can find her place in the world in Mallorca. On the island, she was happy when her children were young and the instability of her marriage still had room for improvement.