From the King phoning her workplace 10 instances a day to an indignant confrontation along with his spouse Queen Sofia, a brand new podcast is laying naked the five-year affair between Juan Carlos of Spain and his ex-mistress in jaw-dropping element.
Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 57, who’s now based mostly within the UK, first crossed paths with the previous monarch on a looking getaway hosted by the Duke of Westminster in La Garganta, northern Spain in 2004.
Shortly after that weekend, the couple – who’ve a 27-year age distinction – started a passionate relationship, which lasted 5 years.
In addition to being showered with lavish items – together with a ‘€1m engagement ring’ – from the King, romantic date nights have been simply half and parcel of Corinna’s affair with the monarch.
However in direction of the top of their relationship, cracks started to point out when Juan Carlos – who abdicated the throne in 2014 amid claims of widespread corruption – would obtain ‘baggage full of money’ from associates.
As rumours of his cash laundering started to flow into within the media, Corinna claims the person she believed was the ‘husband of her coronary heart’ would inform her that she ‘did not perceive Spain’ at any time when she questioned the supply of the money.
Later this month, the main points of the ex-lovers’ relationship shall be sensationally learn out in London’s Excessive Courtroom as a part of Corinna’s ongoing authorized case claiming that Juan Carlos harassed and spied on her after their relationship ended.
And with extra episodes of the podcast nonetheless to return, there isn’t any finish in sight to the revelations.
Right here FEMAIL seems to be again at how this extramarital royal romance soured in probably the most extraordinary of circumstances.
In podcast collection, Corinna revealed she first met the then-King in 2004 at a looking celebration in Southern Spain. The pair pictured on the Schloss Schockingen citadel in Stuttgart, Germany on February 2, 2006
Corinna and Juan Carlos have been lovers for 5 years and she or he described how she felt ‘married’ to him on this time. Pictured in New York in September 2014
The previous King of Spain pictured arriving in Santiago in 2018. Juan Carlos allegedly began seeing one other lady when Corinna was caring for her sick father
Showing on the brand new podcast collection Corinna and the King, the mother-of-two defined how she was nonetheless legally married however separated from her second husband Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn when she met Juan Carlos, now 84.
Whereas eating on a meal of venison and quail, Corinna says the King – who has been married to spouse Sofia since 1962 – was charmed by her reluctance to abide by royal protocol.
Reasonably than wait till the King had completed consuming, Juan Carlos’ lover claims she left the desk early – and the monarch was impressed by her boldness.
‘I feel he noticed in me a special form of lady than he had come throughout up to now,’ she mentioned of her former flame in a True Royalty TV interview. ‘I feel it fascinated him I handled him like a standard man slightly than an emblem.’
Corinna pictured at an occasion for the Prince’s Drawing faculty at Buckingham Palace on June 19, 2014. The Danish businesswoman is now based mostly within the UK
Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 and handed over the throne to his son King Felipe amid a money-laundering scandal. King Felipe VI of Spain (second left), his spouse Queen Letizia (far left), their daughters Princess Sofia (entrance left) and Princess Leonor (entrance proper), former King Juan Carlos I (second proper) and his spouse former Queen Sofia (proper) pose earlier than attending the normal Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018
After the countryside journey ended, Corinna claims the King began sending her flowers and love letters each day.
The next yr, the businesswoman separated from her husband and she or he says the affair with the King solely turned extra intense because the years went on.
Utilizing the faux title ‘Mr Sumer’, Corinna claims Juan Carlos would name her ’10 instances a day’ at her workplace in Madrid.
The previous monarch had chosen the pseudonym as ‘Sumer’ is an acronym of ‘Su Majestad el Rey’, which interprets as His Majesty the King.
Though Corinna tried to move it off as a enterprise name, she mentioned colleagues might see by way of the pretense as they recognised the King’s ‘booming and distinctive’ voice.
Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 and handed over his throne to King Felipe. He denies ever harassing or spying upon his ex-lover
Corinna Larsen, 57, is pursuing a Excessive Courtroom case in opposition to her former lover Juan Carlos, 84, for alleged harassment and spying. The mother-of-two is pictured arriving on the courtroom listening to on the Royal Courts of Justice on March 29, 2022
Describing him as ‘humorous and fairly persistent’ albeit in an amusing method, she labelled him, ‘one of many largest seducers within the royal world’.
Within the second episode of the podcast, the businesswoman recounted the ‘uncommon’ issues she noticed occur whereas she and Juan Carlos have been having their affair.
‘He would name somebody up who had an incredible château of Bordeaux wines and say, “I actually love these wines, and will you ship me some?” And the subsequent factor you’d know, 20 instances of this priceless wine would arrive,’ she claimed.
The businesswoman claimed Queen Sofia as soon as confronted her in regards to the affair in entrance of Juan Carlos at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid – however would not expose when the alleged incident befell.
The ex-king and his spouse Sofia (pictured) haven’t shared a bed room since she caught him with one other lady on a 1976 looking journey and she or he is considered with household in Mallorca
Corinna pictured in London on June 16, 2017. The mother-of-two claims Juan Carlos symbolically proposed to her with a big emerald-cut diamond ring – which Spanish media shops report was value €1m – throughout a romantic dinner in January 2009
‘Immediately, Queen Sofia bursts into the room with a face like thunder. She pointed at me and mentioned, “I do know who you might be”. I clearly needed to vanish into the bottom,’ Corinna mentioned.
She added that her royal lover ‘appeared utterly bowled over and unable to really address this aggression’ as he watched it unfold.
The mother-of-two claims the previous King symbolically proposed to her with a big emerald-cut diamond ring – which Spanish media shops report was value €1m – throughout a romantic dinner in January 2009.
As such, the Danish businesswoman mentioned that she felt ‘married’ to Juan Carlos and described him because the ‘husband of [her] coronary heart’.
Nonetheless, Corinna claims the connection went downhill that yr when she spent eight months caring for her father who was dying from most cancers.
The King who ‘bedded 5,000 girls’: From attempting to woo Princess Diana to being ‘injected with testosterone blockers’ to regulate his intercourse drive – the VERY vibrant love lifetime of Spain’s best seducer
He was the King of Spain from 1975 till his controversial abdication in 2014 – and through that point, Juan Carlos is rumoured to have ‘bedded over 5,000 girls’.
In October, an ex-police chief sensationally claimed in a parliamentary listening to that the exiled former Spanish king Juan Carlos was ‘injected with feminine hormones to regulate his rampant intercourse drive’.
Jose Manuel Villarejo additionally mentioned the disgraced former monarch, now residing at a luxurious lodge in Abu Dhabi, was given testosterone blockers by the Spanish secret service after his libido was categorised as a ‘state downside.’
Villarejo, a former Spanish Police commissioner presently on trial in a blackmail case, mentioned, in line with The Instances: ‘[The National Intelligence Centre (CNI)] injected feminine hormones and testosterone blockers to regulate his libido as a result of it was thought-about an issue of state that he was so sexy.’
Danish-German philanthropist Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Spanish singer Sara Montiel, Belgian governess Liliane Sartiau and Italian princess Maria Gabriela de Saboya are simply among the girls he’s rumoured to have bedded moreover his spouse, Queen Sofia.
Information of the disgraced former king’s legendary libido will not be new, nonetheless. It comes after a Spanish writer and army historian Amadeo Martinez Ingles wrote a e book entitled ‘Juan Carlos: The King Of 5,000 Lovers’, piecing collectively proof of his sexual historical past and portray the king as a rampant intercourse addict.
Spanish royal household knowledgeable Pilar Eyre mentioned the previous King tried to mattress Princess Diana, claiming Juan Carlos made a ‘tactile’ advance to Diana when she was simply 25
Princess Diana is rumoured to have been simply one of many younger girls the ex-king pursued in a romantic profession by which — like his namesake, the seducer Don Juan — he’s mentioned to have bedded nearly 5,000 girls.
Villarejo, who has been accused of spying on and dealing to discredit a few of Spain’s most high-profile politicians as a key determine within the nation’s ‘sewer politics’, additionally insisted he was requested to eliminate medical paperwork which might have proved the treatment went on.
He denied having any involvement within the effort to convey Juan Carlos’ infamous intercourse drive beneath management and mentioned he came upon about it from Corinna Larsen, a former lover of the ex-monarch now residing in London.
Larsen, often known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 58, had an affair with the 84-year-old monarch – who’s married to Queen Sofia, 84 – between 2004 and 2009.
Certainly one of Juan Carlos’ early sexual encounters is alleged to be with Maria Gabriela de Saboya, daughter of the final king of Italy (pictured 1966)
In his explosive e book printed in 2016 referred to as ‘Juan Carlos: The King of 5,000 lovers’, writer Martinez Ingles dubbed the ex-king a intercourse addict and mentioned he had tons of of relationships even after marriage to his spouse Queen Sofia in 1962.
The e book claimed he had had 62 lovers in a single six-month interval alone, and through his ‘passionate interval’ between 1976 and 1994, the king had slept with a staggering 2,154 girls.
Spanish royal household knowledgeable Pilar Eyre has corroborated Martinez Ingles’ declare that the previous King tried to mattress Princess Diana, saying mentioned Juan Carlos made a ‘tactile’ advance to Diana when she was simply 25.
Diana herself denied something untoward had occurred however admitted that whereas the libidinous king was ‘charming’ he may very well be a ‘little too attentive.’
Certainly one of Juan Carlos’ early sexual encounters is alleged to be with Maria Gabriela de Saboya, daughter of the final king of Italy.
Later, Juan Carlos, who was topped king in 1975, allegedly turned estranged from his spouse after the queen discovered him in a compromising place with Spanish actress and singer, Sara Montiel.
It’s rumoured that Queen Sofia caught him within the act with Montiel simply weeks after their coronation, however she denied any affair.
An explosive e book printed in 2016 referred to as ‘Juan Carlos: The King of 5,000 lovers’, dubbed the ex-king a intercourse addict, claiming he had tons of of relationships even after marriage to spouse Queen Sofia in 1962 (pictured collectively in 1994)
In January 2017 it was claimed spymasters paid a former Miss World contestant thousands and thousands of kilos of taxpayers’ cash to cease her spilling the beans on her supposed affair with Juan Carlos when he was nonetheless King of Spain.
Former magnificence queen-turned-actress Barbara Rey reportedly had the money paid into an offshore account to verify she stored quiet about her long-standing romance with the ex-monarch.
A Belgian housewife has additionally claimed to be the daughter of Juan Carlos, alleging that the previous King had an affair along with her mom, governess Liliane Sartiau.
In 2015, her daughter Ingrid introduced a paternity swimsuit to the Spanish courts. However the writ was thrown out on the idea of the king’s ‘authorized inviolability’ beneath Spanish regulation.
Spanish waiter Albert Sola additionally claimed across the identical time as Ingrid that he was an illegitimate son of Juan Carlos – however his makes an attempt to be recognised failed early on.
Following the top of their relationship, Corinna claims the previous monarch harassed her into returning €65 million [£56m] that he had transferred into her checking account.
This sum was a key side of the corruption case introduced in opposition to the ex-King, whose extramarital affairs and widespread corruption triggered the Spanish monarchy to plunge in reputation.
In 2012, their romance was sensationally found when he fractured his hip and needed to be rushed again house from an elephant looking journey in Botswana the place Ms Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – nonetheless an in depth buddy – had accompanied him.
The journey – which value £27,000 – was shrouded in controversy on the time as one in two younger folks in Spain have been reported to be jobless.
In a bid to save lots of the monarchy, Juan Carlos handed over the throne to his son Felipe in 2014 amid as the complete extent of cash laundering got here to gentle.
He fled the nation after Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into financial institution accounts allegedly held by Juan Carlos in tax havens.
Whereas his spouse is believed to have stayed with household in Mallorca, Juan Carlos was reported to have gone into hiding along with his ‘most devoted buddy for the previous 40 years’ in a £10,000-a-night presidential suite in Abu Dhabi.
Royal knowledgeable and writer Pilar Eyre mentioned the ex-king and his spouse Sofia had not shared a bed room since she caught him with one other lady on a 1976 looking journey.
Spain launched its personal investigations based mostly partially on info shared by Switzerland together with one about money the previous king allegedly acquired as a part of his involvement in a high-speed Saudi Arabia rail contract.
The ex-lovers pictured on the Laureus Sports activities Awards at Parc del Discussion board in Barcelona on Might 22, 2006
After placing himself in a self-imposed exile within the UAE in 2020, the previous King then settled a tax debt of greater than £600,000 with the Spanish tax authorities.
Commenting on the money-laundering claims, Corinna mentioned: ‘It turned clearer and clearer to me [that] he was conducting not only a double life, he was conducting a quintuple life.
‘There’s one thing fairly unhinged about him and one thing fairly ruthless. It is all about self-preservation. Think about that somebody who says you have been the love of their life would body you in a felony investigation.’
What’s extra, the King’s ex-lover claimed that ‘intruders’ broke into her condo in Villars, Switzerland, and left a e book about Princess Diana’s dying in her condo as a part of a marketing campaign designed to intimidate her.
In 2020, Corinna advised True Royalty’s The Rise and Fall of The Spanish King that she was visited by a person who ‘could not assure the security of her and her youngsters’ if she spoke to the media about her lover.
It’s claimed that, at a gathering within the Connaught Resort in London on Might 5 2012, an ‘agent or affiliate’ of the previous king was ‘threatening’ in direction of Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and her youngsters.
She alleges that the assembly was timed ‘to correspond with the breaking into her residences in Monaco and in Villars, Switzerland, the place a e book on the dying of Princess Diana was left on a espresso desk’.
The e book, entitled ‘Princess Diana: The Hidden Proof, How MI6 and the CIA have been concerned within the dying of Princess Diana’, was left on the desk, with papers within the condo allegedly being ‘disturbed’.
Corinna – pictured in November 2017 – is searching for damages for private damage and ‘nice psychological ache’ after Juan Carlos, allegedly spied on and harassed her from 2012 onwards.
Corinna alleged that quickly after discovering the e book, she acquired a follow-up phone name from an ‘unknown individual talking Spanish’.
‘There are numerous tunnels between Monaco and Good,’ the individual allegedly advised Corinna, in an obvious reference to the style by which Princess Diana died in a automotive crash within the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.
She is searching for damages for private damage and ‘nice psychological ache’ after Juan Carlos, allegedly spied on and harassed her from 2012 onwards.
Corinna additionally alleged to have suffered trespass and felony injury at her house in rural central England.
Gunshots have been fired at and broken safety cameras on the entrance gate of the property, she alleged, accusing the previous king of being indignant at her refusals.
Juan Carlos denies wrongdoing and has begun an attraction bid after dropping a UK Excessive Courtroom struggle with Corinna earlier this yr, with the decide, Mr Matthew Nicklin, saying on the time that the declare might go forward.
In March, the Excessive Courtroom in London rejected Juan Carlos’s declare that English courts had no jurisdiction to listen to the case as a result of he has state immunity as a royal.
Choose Matthew Nicklin mentioned that ‘no matter particular standing the defendant retained beneath the regulation and structure of Spain, he was not a ‘sovereign’ or ‘head of state’ in order to entitle him to non-public immunity’.
He additionally mentioned Juan Carlos isn’t a member of the present king’s family throughout the which means of that Act.