The financial affairs of King Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, continued to make headlines last month. The former King, who abdicated in favour of his son in 2014, continues to be the subject of allegations of corruption and money laundering.
An on-going enquiry by a Swiss prosecutor centres on a gift of $100 million made to Juan Carlos by the King of Saudi Arabia in 2008, and on whether it was connected to a contract worth €6.7 billion awarded to a Spanish consortium to build and maintain a new high-speed rail link between Medina and Mecca.
After the discovery of two offshore accounts linked to Swiss bank accounts, Spain’s Supreme Court announced in June that it would also open an enquiry. Juan Carlos, who now holds the title “emeritus King,” is immune from prosecution in Spain for any actions taken before his abdication, but he has no such immunity in Switzerland.
The Royal Household refuses to comment on any of the allegations which have been made about what it terms, Juan Carlos’ “private life.” In March, King Felipe stripped his father of his state allowance, which totalled €194,000 in 2018, and renounced his personal inheritance from Juan Carlos, but is now facing further calls to make a clean break with the past.
It is understood that the new legislation will be modelled on similar laws in Sweden and Germany which criminalize sex without clearly expressed consent as rape. Experts say “yes means yes” is more effective that “no means no,” which often places the burden on victims and prosecutors to prove unwanted contact.