The prodigal king of Spain returned home

For the first time in two years, John Charles I, who left Spain in August 2020 to go into voluntary exile in Abu Dhabi because of his corruption and troubled private life. His return was not received by the great Csinnadrat, only one of his family’s daughters, Princess Elena, was waiting for the former King of Spain at Vigo Airport in northwestern Spain. John I of I cried when the air traffic controller greeted his private jet entering Spanish airspace. The two-year-old ruler left the plane on his own two feet after two years of absence. After her daughter was hugged, she was put in a car and headed for the town of Sanxenxo, where she would spend the weekend at a friend’s house.

The emeritus king then decided to leave his homeland after several lawsuits were filed against him because of his dubious finances.

VI. In a letter to Philip, he wrote that he was leaving to protect the crown. It was not possible to know for a long time where he would continue his life, and then it turned out that he had found refuge in the United Arab Emirates. The former ruler, who led Spain out of the Franco dictatorship, is suspected of accepting hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes from the late Saudi ruler over a high-speed rail line between Mecca and Medina built by a Spanish company.

But this was not his first scandalous affair. While the Spanish economy was on the brink of collapse due to the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, he and his lover traveled to a luxury elephant hunt in Botswana in 2012, but unfortunately had an accident, highlighting the breach, after which his wife, Queen Sophia, was permanently estranged. The king, under political pressure, apologized publicly and stressed that he would no longer do the same. In 2013, however, it was revealed that her second daughter, Princess Krisztina, and her husband were charged with dishonest treatment and tax evasion, so the reputation of the royal house was further damaged. Mainly because, at the same time, it turned out that he had bought a luxury villa in Madrid from public funds for his lover, Corinna Larsen, a business woman who was with John I on Botswana.

Son, VI. Philip took the throne in 2014 and then relinquished his father’s inheritance due to court proceedings in 2020 and ordered the former king not to receive his emeritus benefits.

Since the announcement, the relationship between the two of them has become frosty, with the first official telephone contact between them only last week, when VI. Philippines traveled to Abu Dhabi to express his condolences on the death of the President of the Emirates. They did not meet in person, but it was discussed that the king would receive his father in Madrid. Shortly afterwards, John Charles I announced that he was traveling to Spain. He will meet his son and wife – Queen Sophia, who is spending the weekend in Miami – before returning on Monday at the Royal Palace.

The visits of Charles I are likely to become regular after the Spanish judiciary canceled the proceedings against him in March because he had committed the crime at a time when his person was unquestionable and inviolable under the law. The current government announced in April that it would reform the operation of the royal house, making future Spanish rulers accountable for dubious cases.

Cover image: John Charles I, former King of Spain. (Photo: BRAIS LORENZO)

Source: Magyar Nemzet by

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