Final week Spain’s former king abruptly left the nation the place he’s on the middle of investigations into alleged bribery and cash laundering. The information, delivered by Juan Carlos, 82, in a private letter to his son King Felipe VI, appeared to ship shock waves all through Spain when it was posted on the palace’s web site on Monday.
However Amadeo Martinez Ingles, 84, was not shocked. The retired republican colonel has been Juan Carlos’ nemesis for greater than 4 a long time. He was expelled from the navy for publicly voicing his opinions in regards to the authorities in 1990, and was extra lately fined a number of thousand euros by a Spanish courtroom for “insults towards the crown.” However he appears unfazed. In an opinion article final week, he continued to explain Spain’s Royal Home of Bourbon as “a band of drunks, whores, idiots, bastards, nymphomaniacs and lazy thugs.”
For years, he has railed towards Juan Carlos’ alleged corruption, requested tough questions in regards to the capturing demise of his youthful brother, Alfonso, and chronicled his varied extramarital affairs. In his best-selling biography “Juan Carlos I: The King of the 5,000,” Martinez Ingles claims the previous king has had practically 5,000 lovers in his lifetime.
“Juan Carlos I is an genuine intercourse addict and a sexual predator,” stated Martinez Ingles, a embellished soldier and self-styled historian who claims that a lot of his details about the previous king was derived from authorities intelligence sources. “Probably the most lovely stars and essentially the most spectacular representatives of excessive class Spanish and overseas girls handed via his mattress for non permanent trysts, and he additionally disrespected girls from way more modest backgrounds.”
In actual fact, it was one in every of Juan Carlos’ former lovers who led to his current downfall. The revelation of his affair with German-born Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, blond and 26 years his junior, occurred after he broke his hip on safari in Botswana the place he had gone to hunt elephants in April 2012. The information that Spain’s king had been on a $46,000 looking journey paid for by a Saudi royal advisor with a a lot youthful lover and needed to be flown again to Spain — on a personal jet — for emergency surgical procedure, didn’t sit effectively in a rustic that was about to just accept a $115 billion bailout to shore up its faltering banks. Whereas he was recovering in a Spanish hospital, political opponents demanded his abdication. Queen Sofia, his long-suffering spouse of practically 60 years, waited three days earlier than visiting the convalescing king, “El Pais” reported.
With the way forward for the monarchy at stake, Juan Carlos, who loved widespread accolades for steering the nation to democracy in 1975 after the demise of dictator Francisco Franco, abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI, in 2014. He had been on the throne for 39 years, and he stored the title of “king emeritus,” which nonetheless provides him immunity from prosecution.
King Juan Carlos and Corinna zu Sayn-WittgensteinAction Press
Final week, the drama surrounding the Spanish royals intensified when Juan Carlos fled to Abu Dhabi with 4 royal aides in what he claimed was an try to deflect criticism away from his son, who had already renounced any inheritance from Juan Carlos and stripped him of his greater than $200,000 a yr palace stipend. Felipe VI has tried desperately to distance himself from his father’s indiscretions, and one supply advised The Sunday Occasions of London that he was the one who demanded that the disgraced former king go away the nation. Final week, completely different reviews put Juan Carlos at a golf resort in Portugal and a sprawling property within the Dominican Republic. The most recent has him holed up within the $10,000 an evening presidential suite of a lavish resort within the center japanese metropolis, in line with Spain’s each day newspaper, “ABC.”
All through the nation, politicians renewed requires abolishing the royals because the press dredged up different amorous scandals.
Left-wing politician Pablo Iglesias referred to as the king’s exile “unworthy of a former head of state” that left the nation’s royal household in a “very compromised place” at the same time as the previous king’s attorneys assured the general public that he would return to reply any questions and remained “on the disposition” of the judicial system.
Marta GayaEuropa Press by way of Getty Photographs
Final month, Spanish newspaper “Voxpopuli” featured a bombshell report that the previous king had requested his Swiss banker to make two funds of greater than $1 million every to his former mistress, Spanish socialite Marta Gaya, from a royal charity. Years earlier, the palace shelled out greater than $50,000 to cease publication of affection letters between an adolescent Juan Carlos and his older lover, Italian countess Olghina di Robilant.
“He’s an undesirable, a felon, who has taken benefit of the institutional simple chair for practically 40 years,” stated Martinez Ingles in an August 5 article in “Canarias Semanal,” a left-wing weekly. “This scum bag goes to have a foul finish, and in these moments he’s starting his personal struggling, which is able to solely result in a private, political and historic hell.”
Within the article, Martinez Ingles demanded that the previous king face justice, however not just for current alleged misdeeds. He needs authorities in Portugal and Spain to open an investigation into the demise of his youthful brother, Alfonso, shot in 1956 whereas the Spanish royals have been residing within the seaside city of Estoril close to Lisbon in the course of the household’s exile underneath the Franco dictatorship.
On the night of Good Friday, the 14-year-old “Alfonsito” as he was identified to his household, had simply returned from night mass. He rushed into the bed room of Juan Carlos, then 18, who had simply arrived for the Easter holidays from the navy academy the place he was a cadet. What transpired between the 2 boys that resulted in Alfonso being shot is understood solely to Juan Carlos, who later admitted to household and pals that he “felt accountable” for permitting his brother to deal with a loaded weapon. Franco’s administration issued an official communique after the incident that stated partially, “Whereas His Highness the Prince Alfonso was cleansing a revolver along with his brother, a shot went off which hit him within the brow and killed him inside a couple of minutes.”
The reason by no means sat effectively with Martinez Ingles. For one factor, each boys have been expert in dealing with weapons. Alfonso had shot a deer, whose horns have been on show within the household’s drawing room in Estoril, he stated. Juan Carlos was on the time a navy cadet who had acquired practically a yr of “intensive weapons’ coaching” and would certainly have identified in regards to the risks of cleansing a loaded weapon, he stated.
And the incident was by no means investigated, at the same time as Alfonso’s stays have been exhumed in 1992 and reburied within the royal household’s pantheon in Madrid. The weapon was reportedly thrown into the ocean by the boys’ father, stated Martinez Ingles. In courtroom papers filed in 2015, Martinez Ingles demanded that Spain probe what he referred to as one in every of its worst state secrets and techniques.