A young member of the Spanish royal family has been accused of racially abusing a staff member at a theme park in Madrid, after being told that he was not allowed to jump the queue for a ride.
A nephew of King Felipe, 16-year-old Don Froilán, apparently lost his temper at the Parque de Atracciones last week, when he attempted to jump a long queue. After being challenged by a schoolteacher, Froilán is alleged to have said: “I’m fourth in line to the Spanish throne.”
According to El Economista newspaper, an attendant at the park then told the teenager that he would have wait his turn for the ride, at which point, Froilán shouted: “You shut up, you f***ing chino.” “Chino” is used in Spain to describe a person of Chinese origin.
It is not the first time Froilán – or Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón, to give him his full name – has found himself in trouble.
Last year, he was kicked out of school after twice failing his exams, and in 2012 he managed to shoot himself in the foot during a hunting trip. At the time he was not yet 14, the minimum legal age to use firearms in Spain.
Indeed, while the popularity of Spain’s immediate royal family has soared since King Felipe came to the throne last year, those on the periphery of the family find themselves in ever-hotter water. Froilán is the son of the King’s sister, Elena, the Duchess of Lugo. His aunt is Cristina, the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, who is set to become the first Spanish royal family member ever to stand trial.
Last November, a court upheld tax fraud charges against her, but dropped allegations of money laundering. The case concerns her husband’s business dealings and, if found guilty, Princess Cristina could face 11 years in prison.
King Felipe was crowned last year, after the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos.
In pictures: Reign of King Juan Carlos of Spain
In pictures: Reign of King Juan Carlos of Spain
1/20 King Juan Carlos signs his abdication
Spain's King Juan Carlos I signing the document of his abdication before he hands it to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (not pictured), at La Zarzuela Palace in Madrid
2/20 King Juan Carlos and Spanish Queen Sofia at the exhibition
Spanish King Juan Carlos and Spanish Queen Sofia at the exhibition of the 75th anniversary of the Spanish EFE News Agency in Madrid, 2014
3/20 King Juan Carlos meets Pope Francis
Spain's King Juan Carlos and Spain's Queen Sofia meet Pope Francis during the canonisation mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on St Peter's square at the Vatican, 2014
4/20 King Juan Carlos and his wife with Mexican author Elena Poniatowska
King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia of Spain with the Cervantes Award 2013 winner Mexican author Elena Poniatowska before the Cervantes Awards ceremony at the Alcala de Henares University in Alcala de Henares, near of Madrid, 2014
5/20 King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and their granddaughters
Spain's King Juan Carlos, Spain's Queen Sofia and their granddaughters Sofia (L) and Leonor (R) before the traditional Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca, 2014
6/20 King Juan Carlos of Spain receives new ambassadors
King Juan Carlos of Spain (C) receives new ambassadors at the Royal Palace in Madrid, 2013
7/20 King Juan Carlos with his family
(L-R) Spain's King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon, Princess Letizia, Princess Elena, Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin taking part in a reception at the Royal Palace after an army parade to mark Spain's National Day in Madrid, 2011
8/20 King Juan Carlos with Prince Charles
Spain's King Juan Carlos I (2L) and his wife Queen Sofia (2R), Spain's Crown Prince Felipe (R) and his wife Princess Letizia (L) welcome Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (3R), and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (3L) before a lunch at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, 2011
9/20 King Juan Carlos with Queen Sofia
Spanish King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia wave as they appear on the balcony of the royal palace after the wedding ceremony of Crown Prince Felipe de Bourbon and Letizia Ortiz in Madrid, 2004
10/20 King Juan Carlos with Bolivian President Hugo Banzer Suarez
Bolivian President Hugo Banzer Suarez (L) and Spanish King Juan Carlos (R) review a guard of honor in La Paz upon the Spanish monarch's arrival in 2000
11/20 King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia laying a wreath
Spanish King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia wave to a crowd in Montevideo after laying a wreath at the monument of Jose Artigas, hero of the Uruguayan revolution, 1996
12/20 King Juan Carlos outside Cathedral of Santiago
King Juan Carlos of Spain waving as he walks out the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela after the Santiago pilgrimage mass in 1999
13/20 King of Spain Juan Carlos with Cuba's President Fidel Castro
Cuba's President Fidel Castro and King of Spain Juan Carlos wave upon the King's arrival to the Havana's airport in 1999
14/20 King of Spain Juan Carlos delivers a speech
King of Spain Juan Carlos delivers a speech at the national Assembly in Paris, 1993
15/20 Spanish King Juan Carlos with French President Francois Mitterrand
Spanish King Juan Carlos (L) and hid wife Queen Sofia (R) with French President Francois Mitterrand (C) and French first lady Danielle Mitterrand (2nd R) at Elysee Palace in Paris, during their official visit in 1985
16/20 Prince Juan Carlos receives dynastic rights
Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon (3-L), his wife, Princes Sofia (2-L), their son prince Felipe de Borbon (L) and his mother Maria de las Mercedes (R) listening to his father count of Barcelona Juan (2-R) annoucing he gave up his dynastic rights to his son Prince Juan Carlos in 1977
17/20 King Juan Carlos and Spanish dictator General Francisco
King Juan Carlos and Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco salute the crowd in Madrid in 1975
18/20 Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife princess Sophia's wedding
Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife princess Sophia of Greece in Athens during their wedding in 1962
19/20 Prince Juan Carlos with his wife
Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Princess Sofia of Greece in the 1960s
20/20 Prince Juan Carlos in Military Academy
Prince Juan Carlos of Spain in the Military Academy of Zaragoza between 1955-57
A hero to many for helping to restore democracy to Spain after the 40-year dictatorship of Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos’s later years on the throne were dogged by scandals.
At the height of the financial crisis, which hit Spain especially hard, the former king was photographed hunting elephants in Botswana.
After he suffered an injury during the trip it emerged that he had been involved in a years-long affair with a German aristocrat.Reuse content