Former King Juan Carlos I is being urged by Spain’s prime minister to give a public explanation for his alleged financial wrongdoings, which are the subject of criminal investigations and have damaged the Spanish monarchy.
“In my opinion, it would be good if King Juan Carlos said what he thought about all these issues, which are unpleasant,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in a late-night television interview.
The information that has come out so far, according to Sánchez, “has eroded the Spanish people’s confidence in their institutions.”
Juan Carlos relocated to the United Kingdom barely over a year ago, when financial problems engulfed him and embarrassed the royal family.
Official inquiries in Spain and Switzerland have focused on the former monarch, who is now 83 years old. One of them included possible kickbacks in a Saudi Arabian high-speed railway contract.
After Juan Carlos’ resignation in 2014, King Felipe VI ascended to the Spanish throne and separated himself from his father.
Felipe is attempting a “renewal” of the monarchy, according to Sánchez, which the Socialist-led (backslash) Spanish government supports.