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Posted by Guy Stair Sainty on 24/2/2017, 15:05:10
As responses have been censored I am commenting here. First it is simply untrue to say Queen Letizia dominates the King - it is the King who has been taking the lead, at his own initiative, of reinstituting some of the ceremonial solemnity to the monarchy. These not include the latest reforms to the procedures for state visits, but also investitures, and the aborted wish to invest the Princess of Asturias with the Golden Fleece in a solemn ceremony. The King is doing a fantastic job and the only family issue that has been making problems is the prosecution of his sister and brother-in-law. Is there a serious proposition that he should have tried to prevent this? Or publicly defend them? This is a matter for the Spanish courts and only in a despotism does the head of state try and manipulate the justice system. It would have been entirely inappropriate for him to have made any public comment as, indeed, it would have been for any close member of the royal family including the former king and queen. One can be sure they are very saddened at what has happened - but while I have criticised the sentence I have not sought to absolve the Infanta's husband of responsibility. Is it surprising that a mother would want to stand by her daughter at such a difficult time? This mother is the wife of the former head of state, however, and she cannot make public comment. She is hardly a novice in matters royal, so it is wholly unlikely that she would ever have expected her son, as king, to have done anything differently.
If the King is angry with his sister and brother-in-law, then that would be very understandable - but if he is, he has not expressed that publicly. I believe that the whole family is very relieved that Cristina was acquitted but it would obviously be wrong for her to assume any public functions.
The critical news story is just a nasty trouble making example of how news outlets like to impose the worst interpretations on matters.
- Queens' relationship - Guy Stair Sainty 24/2/2017, 15:05:10
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