Spanish monarchy rocked by abortion revelations of Princess Letizia

crime | Apr 07, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

 

Another bombshell is about to burst for the Spanish monarchy. This follows an unprecedented appearance by a Spanish royal at a court of inquiry in Madrid on April 5. Princess Cristina, the middle child of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, went before the court to answer questions about her alleged involvement with business dealings by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin. Since February 2012 Urdangarin and business partner Diego Torres have been under investigation for using their Nóos Institute, which is believed to be a non-profit organization, to arrange sporting and tourism events and embezzle approximately 8 million Euros  from government contracts won in part through Urdangarín’s influence. He is now purportedly seeking to do business in Qatar.
 
Other embarrassments over the last year included the revelation that King Juan Carlos was vacationing with beautiful divorcee Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein while shooting elephants in Botswana, and a leak about his secret bank accounts in Switzerland. The 75-year-old monarch’s popularity has continued to slide, especially since the revelations emerged of his luxurious lifestyle while most Spaniards are experiencing unemployment and austerity.  
 
Now it is the turn of Princess Letizia, the wife of Prince Felipe of Asturias, the heir apparent to the Spanish throne, to face embarrassment over her past. On April 8 will be released a book penned a book by Letizia’s cousin, David Rocasolano, entitled  'Adiós, Princesa' (Goodbye, Princess). Former lawyer Rocasolano contends in his book that Letizia, in the presence of Felipe, asked him to destroy records of an abortion that she had had at Madrid’s Dator Clinic before her marriage to the Prince of Asturias.
 
A Spanish daily, El Confidencial, reports that the documents about the abortion are reproduced in the forthcoming book. According to the daily, Felipe had not wanted information about his future wife’s abortion to reach the ears of his parents since they had already opposed his marriage on the grounds that Letizia had been married and then divorced under civil law.
 
Now styled Princess of Asturias, the former Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano had been a successful television journalist and gained fame in Spanish media for her reports after invasion of Iraq in 2003.  As a commoner, she was married to Alonso Guerrero Perez in August 1998 after a ten-year courtship but divorced the next year. She married the Prince of Asturias in 2004.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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