“Crazy and merciless”. Juan Carlos’ former lover does not take good care of the regent.

He is said to have threatened, stalked and broken into their homes: the affair with Juan Carlos forced Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein to file a civil suit. Now he speaks in plain text about the old king of Spain.

“Juan Carlos didn’t lead a double life, he led a five-fold life,” explains his ex-lover Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein about the former King of Spain. In the “Corinna and the King” podcast, she describes her view of the monarch.

He called her “about ten times a day”, “every day”. He wrote her “hundreds of letters”. He also describes Juan Carlos as “crazy and merciless”. Harsh words about an 84-year-old woman who allegedly threatened and harassed her at the end of a relationship.

Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein is the daughter of a Dane and a German mother, formerly Corinna Larsen. Years into her relationship with Juan Carlos, she plucked up the courage to file a civil suit against Spain’s former king at her adopted home in London. In March 2022, the first hearing of this harassment lawsuit began.

No more immunity for Juan Carlos

The 58-year-old woman testified in court that she and her family were threatened and “followed” between 2012 and 2014. She also reports burglaries at her homes. The surveillance was carried out by the head of the Spanish secret service CNI at the time – by the name of Juan Carlos.

The defendant had the charges dismissed. In addition, the trial against Juan Carlos became possible only after the Supreme Court ruled that the old king could not invoke immunity from justice.

Juan Carlos is now defending himself. The monarch’s lawyers began the appeal process this Tuesday.

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