Spain’s Queen Consort Letizia, 51, found herself at the center of a shocking scandal: she was accused of cheating on her husband, King Felipe VI.
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Spain’s Queen Consort Letizia, 51, found herself at the center of a shocking scandal: she was accused of cheating on her husband, King Felipe VI. A Catholic country with a long monarchical tradition was horrified to learn that her alleged lover was… Leticia’s former son-in-law, businessman Jaime del Burgo. As the German Bild writes, “in this context, you can forget about the scandal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.”
Del Burgo posted a selfie of Leticia taken in the bathroom mirror on social media. In the photo, the queen poses with a black pashmina scarf, the finest goat down. According to the businessman, the handkerchief “belonged to him and no one else.”
– Dear. I’m wearing your pashmina. It’s like feeling you next to me. She worries about me. She protects me. I’m counting the hours until we see each other again. I love you. Yours,” Leticia supposedly sent him said message along with a photo of her.
It was not only the aesthetic content of the selfie that attracted the public’s attention, but also its temporal context. In the photo, Leticia poses in position. It turns out that it was made before the birth of her first daughter, Leonora, in 2005, or her second, Sofía, in 2007. Del Burgo soon deleted the publication, but the foreign press managed to save it.
Meanwhile, juicy details of a possible connection between Leticia and del Burgo emerged from another source. According to the Daily Mail, in February next year journalist Jaime Peñafiel plans to present a complete book that will reveal the secrets of their relationship. Some of the content has already leaked online, adding new details to the touching plot.
Del Burgo told the journalist that he has photographs, videos and text messages that confirm their romance. According to him, he began dating the then-future queen in the early 2000s, when Leticia had just divorced her first husband. They both met by chance in Venice. What’s more, everything was so serious that del Burgo was actually going to propose marriage. And on November 1, 2003, completely unexpectedly for everyone, the royal palace announced the upcoming engagement of the then heir to the Spanish throne, Prince Felipe of Asturias, and Letizia.
On the eve of the wedding, she asked her lover for a meeting, at which she showered him with reproaches for the fact that he never invited her to become his wife, and then began to beg him never to leave her. Del Burgo continued his intimate relationship with the queen until the birth of her second daughter, until she declared that she “could no longer meet him.”
But the businessman said that in 2010, Leticia, in a meeting by the pool of her own house, swore to him that she still loved him madly. Allegedly, after this they even “took steps to become free” by seeking legal advice and beginning to look for housing in the United States. In addition to this, Leticia suggested that the businessman have a child with the help of a surrogate mother in Los Angeles.
But the shocking details didn’t end there. As it turned out, King Philip, to whom Leticia herself introduced her lover, advised the latter to marry the sister of his wife, Thelma. In fact, they married and Del Burgue became the queen’s son-in-law (this form of kinship is called the same as in relation to her mother-in-law). But just a year later the couple divorced. Del Burgo diplomatically described Felipe as a “kind-hearted man” and noted that he had a “great friendship” with the royal family.
The Zarzuela Palace (residence of the Spanish monarch) refused to comment on the rumors about the queen’s betrayal.