The King Of Seducers at Buckingham Palace: Meet Spain's disgraced King who had THOUSANDS of lovers
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Among the number of world leaders and politicians who will reportedly attend the Queen's funeral, there is but one name that has raised eyebrows. Juan Carlos I, the former king of Spain, is reportedly a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
The monarch, who died on September 8, will receive a funeral on Monday, September 19. A statement from Buckingham Palace read, “The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 1100hrs BST.” It added, “Following the State Funeral, the Coffin will travel in Procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch, the Coffin will travel to Windsor and once there, the State Hearse will travel in Procession to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk. A Committal Service will then take place in St George's Chapel.”
Meanwhile, Juan Carlos I's participation has been met with disapproval from several corners. As per Jane Fryer, who has written for The Daily Mail, he “has spent the past few years steeped in scandals involving everything from a tax rumpus to accepting kickbacks, accusations of embezzlement and rumors of extremely energetic philandering.”
Carlos I is currently “limbering up for a hearing in London's High Court, where he's being sued by a former mistress, the impossibly glamorous blonde German-Danish aristocrat Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 58, who claims he intimidated and threatened her in the hope of persuading her to return a £50 million 'gift',” Fryer explained.
The writer went on to mention the women the 84-year-old was involved with. “Some were fleeting. Others were more meaningful. Notable amongst them: an encounter with Maria Gabriella of Savoy, daughter of the last king of Italy; and Liliane Sartiau, a Belgian governess whose daughter later claimed to be his,” she said. She then went on to note that he was found “in a highly compromising position with Spanish actress and singer, Sara Montiel,” by his wife soon after his coronation in 1975.
In her essay for the publication, Fryer also cited the book ‘Juan Carlos I: The King Of 5,000 Lovers’, written by Amadeo Martinez Ingles, which states Carlos I “had 62 lovers in a one six-month stint alone and, during his 'passionate period', between 1976 and 1994, slept with 2,154 women.” Friar writes, “Most shocking, in evidence given to a parliamentary hearing in 2021, ex-police chief Jose Manuel Villarejo claimed that the former king had been given testosterone blockers by the Spanish secret service after his libido was categorized as a 'state problem'.”
Besides, Fryer spilled beans on another shocking detail of Carlos I’s life. He apparently even tried to flirt with a 25-year-old Princess Diana. Though the late princess “denied anything untoward happened,” she did say that the former ruler was “charming,” and that “he could be a 'little too attentive'.”
However, Fryer asserted that the former king’s “philandering” could have been ignored by the people of Spain but “the murky financial dealings that later emerged were just too much.” Also, though in 2014 Carlos I stepped down from the throne and his son, Felipe VI, became the monarch, the former did not miss the chance to take a jibe at England’s royal family. At the time, he had said, “We do not want my son to wither waiting like Prince Charles.”