Sunday 17 December 2017

Scandal over intimate Spanish royal emails

Spain's Princess Cristina and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin
Spain's Princess Cristina and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin

Fiona Govan Madrid

The disgraced son-in-law of King Juan Carlos of Spain has brought further embarrassment to the Spanish royal family with the publication of a series of crude and sexist private emails in which he ridicules his in-laws.

Inaki Urdangarin, who was given the title of Duke of Palma when he married the king's youngest daughter Princess Cristina in 1997, is currently being investigated for using his royal connections to embezzle public funds, a scandal that has damaged the reputation of the Spanish monarchy.

Emails from his computers seized as part of the ongoing investigation were leaked to Spanish daily newspaper 'El Mundo'. While they may show he has a sense of humour, it will do nothing to heal the rift between him and the other royals.

In two emails sent by the duke to his wife he lampoons the future Queen of Spain, just days after Crown Prince Felipe announced his engagement to Letizia Ortiz, a former television journalist.

One includes a pun about Prince Felipe having sexual intercourse with Letizia and the other shows screenshots of prominent female newsreaders at the time, including Letizia, and is titled "orgasms".

In another email he forwards a photo montage comparing Jaime de Marichalar, the then husband of Princess Elena, to Inspector Clouseau and Inspector Gadget – who all have a penchant for trench coats and trilby hats.

Elena, the eldest daughter of the king divorced her husband in 2010. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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