Where is Juan Carlos? Hunt for Spain’s former king prompts mix of anger and amusement back home

Juan Carlos has finally turned up in Abu Dhabi - but his scandals and vanishing act are still fuelling republicanism back home, as Graham Keeley reports from Madrid

Monday 17 August 2020 11:40
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File photo of Spain's former king, Juan Carlos, pictured after attending the funeral ceremony of Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg in May 2019
File photo of Spain's former king, Juan Carlos, pictured after attending the funeral ceremony of Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg in May 2019

It was like a blue-blooded Where’s Wally. The worldwide hunt for Spain’s former king Juan Carlos finally ended on Monday when the royal palace revealed he had been staying in the United Arab Emirates since his abrupt departure from Spain.

The news ends two weeks of rumour, speculation and mystery over the ex-monarch’s whereabouts since he disappeared amid a financial scandal involving Saudi Arabia and which has provoked a surge in republican feeling in Spain.

Anger has been directed at the once-respected royal for disappearing while investigations are underway over his financial affairs in Switzerland and Spain.

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