Spain’s former King Juan Carlos I returned to the country on Thursday for his first visit since he left nearly two years ago following a string of financial scandals.
The 84-year-old former monarch arrived on a private jet in the northwestern city of Vigo ahead of a three-day regatta in the nearby resort of Sanxenxo, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.
Prosecutors closed their probes into Carlos I’s affairs in March; however, revelations about the murky origins of his fortune have portrayed irreparable damage to a figure once revered for his role in Spain’s transition to democracy following decades of dictatorship.
“What we’ve heard in recent years has been very worrying for everyone regarding the institution of the head of state,” Economy Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nadia Calvino told Cadena Ser radio. “There’s no doubt we need some explanations.”