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Re: Daily Telegraph article about former King Juan Carlos
That's what shocked me the most -- the risk-taking by someone who must have been raised to walk a very careful line, given what had happened to his predecessors. It's not just the multiple affairs -- it's the apparent taking of massive bribes that I find particularly stunning. How could he have thought he would not be caught? And did he care so little about his duty to his country?
He could also have lost his capacity to judge the risks he was taking properly thinking he could get away with more than the Spaniards are willing to overlook.
I also get the sad impression that he was trying to recapture something of a happy family life with Corinna and her son (bbq and Botswana trip). That his marriage with Sofia had become purely official was known i get the idea that the children may have been closer to their mother leaving Juan Carlos alone except for official events.
I don't agree with the statement that Sofia has more control over Felipe than Juan Carlos. It's clear Felipe loves and respects his mother and he may have learnt from her family history but i think his wife has more influence over him than his mother. To me it's more that Sofia, Felipe and others may have felt that Juan Carlos went too far and that the only possibility to safe the institution was for him to abdicate. To be honest his health was failing making a transition a good idea just because of that fact.
As we say in Spain, he was not thinking with his brain, but with another organ of his body.
The picture is stunning. What do you think happened to the King? Did he just give up at some point?
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