Updated: Nov 13
Spain's former King Juan Carlos has experienced what a British monarch might refer to as "an annus horribilis" (a difficult year) after coming under intense focus for his alleged financial impropriety, infidelity to his wife, isolated by his family and then even the astonishing decision to quit the country entirely, you could think it would be difficult for things to get much worse. Spain's Attorney General Dolores Delgado confirmed on Friday 6th November that a new investigation is underway regarding the former king's credit card use.
"There is a third investigation which was opened as a result of a report by SEPBLAC" (Servicio Ejecutivo de la Comisión de Prevención del Blanqueo de Capitales e Infracciones Monitarias - Commission for Money Laundering and Finance Investigation). This will be referred to the Supreme Court, as the only body with the legal authority to investigate the former head of state.
No further details have been released but sources have said that there are suspicions of the former king using credit cards linked to accounts not registered in his name. There are investigations as to whether Juan Carlos accessed several Spanish bank accounts held by a Mexican business and a Spanish Air Force official. It had been confirmed via sources that prosecutors had been investigating credit card use for some months.