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Reply with quote  #1  Any thoughts about this? I wonder if the Spanish people have any positive views on the Prince of Asturias?

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“They have tried to be more transparent by revealing their annual budget,” said Herman Matthijs, a finance professor at the University of Brussels, who analyzes government spending on Europe’s royalty and unsuccessfully sought information about the king’s personal fortune. “I suppose at least that he is a millionaire, but the question is: Is he a billionaire? What is their real wealth?”

Shut up. You know, if I had a monarch I would damn well expect him or her to be wealthy and one of the richest people if not the richest in the country. There are numerous practical reasons for this but toad-man wouldn't understand them.

“There is absolutely zero control on the activities of the king and his household,” said Joan Tardà, a national lawmaker from Esquerra Republicana, a Catalan party that wants Spain to hold a referendum on the monarchy.

Shut up. You are filthy. Go away.

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Yeah, I saw it. There haven't been many polls on HM JC or the Prince after the whole elephant hunting scandal, though I remember he's rated fairly highly in a confidence poll (5.5 or something like that) and, as the article says, most Spaniards "forgive him". Agitation for separatism in Catalonia has been increasing lately, and the king indirectly condemned it on his website just in the last month - he caught a little flack for that. The article fails to mention that Juan Carlos' salary is actually the lowest in Europe and has been for some time, but c'est la vie.
This truly is the Spanish royal family's annus horribilis, but I don't think they're going anywhere. Juan Carlos steering the country away from dictatorship will not be so easily forgotten, which I think trumps elephant hunting by just a little. Cross your fingers, though.

"What is there against him? That throne. Take away Louis Philippe the king, there remains the man. And the man is good. He is good at times even to the point of being admirable." - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
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