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King's popularity plummets after string of scandals

Public opinion in Spain has turned against King Juan Carlos in favour of his son Felipe, showing the toll taken on the king by gaffes, friendships with young women and royal family corruption allegations.

An opinion poll for 'El Pais' newspaper yesterday showed 53pc disapproved of the 75-year-old king, giving him an overall approval-versus-disapproval rating of -11, compared to +21 in December. Prince Felipe's rating also fell but remained broadly favourable at +28, compared to +37 in December.

Juan Carlos's jet-set lifestyle and close friendships with young women, as well as a corruption investigation centred on his son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin, have left weary Spaniards sick of their royal family.

The poll was carried out before Princess Cristina, Urdangarin's wife, was charged last Wednesday with helping her husband in crimes that include fraud, tax evasion and embezzling e6m of public funds from a charity.

Irish Independent