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The ex-king will visit Spain “periodically”, but will live abroad

MADRID (AP) — King Felipe VI accepts his father’s desire to return to Spain for periodic visits, although Juan Carlos I will remain based in the United Arab Emirates where he moved in 2020 following investigations into his dealings financial,

MADRID (AP) — King Felipe VI accepts his father’s desire to return to Spain for periodic visits, although Juan Carlos I will remain based in the United Arab Emirates where he moved in 2020 following investigations into his dealings financial resources, royal officials said on Monday.

Juan Carlos wrote a letter to Felipe expressing his desire to ‘visit family and friends’ in Spain after Supreme Court prosecutors closed their investigations, according to a statement posted on the royal website containing the letter. of the old king.

Prosecutors have found no evidence to bring the former monarch to justice as much of the financial misconduct, involving millions of euros (dollars) in undeclared accounts, happened when Juan Carlos was protected by immunity as King of Spain and other possible frauds fell. the limitation period.

Investigations resulted in the recovery of 5.1 million euros ($5.6 million) in fines and income tax that Juan Carlos failed to report to Spanish tax authorities, prosecutors said in their submissions. conclusions.

“At this time, for reasons that belong to my private sphere and concern only me, I prefer to continue to reside permanently in Abu Dhabi, where I have found peace of mind, especially for this period of my life. life,” the monarch wrote to his son, according to the royal household. The letter was dated Saturday.

Juan Carlos, 84, wrote that he intended to live in private accommodation when he returned to Spain and hoped to “enjoy as much privacy as possible”.

“I am aware of the importance for public opinion of past events in my private life and which I sincerely regret, since I also feel legitimate pride in my contribution to democratic coexistence and freedom in Spain, the result of the collective effort and sacrifice of all Spaniards,” the letter concludes.

Juan Carlos, who retains the title of “King Emeritus”, abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI in 2014 following a series of royal family scandals. Since becoming king, Felipe has tried to distance himself from his father.

The Associated Press