• Spain's news in English

Crude, sexist emails embarrass Spain's royals

Alex Dunham/The Local/AFP · 11 Nov 2013, 13:08

Published: 11 Nov 2013 13:08 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Could things get any worse for Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma?

The husband of Spain’s Princess Cristina has been one of the country’s main public enemies since an investigation began in 2010 into his alleged embezzlement of €6 million of public funds.

The couple’s life has been under the microscope ever since, with Spain’s press revealing new insights into the degree of illicit business practices both were involved in.

Now emails from Urdangarin’s computer seized as part of the ongoing investigation reveal to some extent what the disgraced Duke is like as a person.

His sense of humour has been described as “tasteless” and “chauvinistic” by El Mundo, the first Spanish newspaper to publish Urdangarin’s email correspondence with Princess Cristina.

The butt of some of his jokes is Letizia, Princess of Asturias and wife of the heir to the throne, Felipe.

“What do Prince Felipe and Real Madrid have in common?” wrote Urdangarin to Cristina in the wake of the Princes of Asturias’ engagement.

“They both fuck Alaleti (a play on words which refers to both the shortening of Letizia’s name – Leti – and how Atlético de Madrid are casually known – Atleti).

In another email Urdangarin sent his wife a photomontage of famous Spanish newsreaders, including Letizia before she took on her royal role, under the title “orgasms”.

The Duke of Palma also mocked Jaime de Marichalar, the husband of his sister-in-law, Elena, with a mock-up that compares his attire to that of Inspector Clouseau and Inspector Gadget.

Another joke photo shows Queen Sofía and other royal family members looking bored at a sporting event at the Athens Olympics in 2000 under the title “Spanish Royals’ Holidays”.

Urdangarin also reveals a sexist side when forwarding his wife a joke about women's inability to understand modern technology that suggests an iron could be used as a prototype computer mouse.

Story continues below…

He also sent his friends a spoof email alleging he was taking on a job with an NGO, attaching a photo of six topless girls with rifles as his “team”.

Spain's Royal Family have been beset by scandals in recent times.

The country's King Juan Carlos came under fire after it emerged he had gone on a luxury elephant hunting holiday in Botswana in 2011, or at a time when one in four Spaniards were out of work. 

As a result, the popularity of the king — widely respected for his role in helping Spain transition to democracy after the death of long-term dictator Francisco Franco — has taken a tumble.

Alex Dunham/The Local/AFP (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain's Podemos sees golden opportunity in Socialist woes
Pablo Iglesias is ready to step up in opposition. Photo: AFP

As Spain's conservatives prepare to re-take power after 10 months of political limbo, anti-austerity party Podemos has set its sights on replacing the divided Socialists as the main opposition force.

Wildlife ranger accused over decapitated bison in Valencia
The headless corpse of Sauro was found last month. Photo: Carlos Alamo / Reserva de Valdeserrillas

The case of the beheaded bison at a wildlife reserve in Valencia just got a whole lot weirder.

Spain jobless drops below 20% for first time in six years
The unemployed queuing up outside a Madrid job centre. Photo: AFP

Spain's unemployment fell below 20 percent for the first time in six years, official figures showed on Thursday.

'Saints not ghouls' insists Spanish church for Halloween
Suggested outfits from the Bishopric of Cadiz and Ceuta. Photo: Shower of Roses

Spanish bishops are urging good Christian children to forgo zombie, ghost and devil outfits and instead dress up as "saints, virgins and apostles".

Tough road ahead, Spain PM warns before return to power
Rajoy will try and form a government this week. Photo: AFP

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Wednesday of a tough road ahead as he prepares to take power again at the head of a minority government with little support.

Russia withdraws request to refuel warships in Ceuta
The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was due to dock in Ceuta

Russia has withdrawn a request for its aircraft carrier group to be refuelled at the Spanish port of Ceuta, authorities confirmed.

Bulls replace guard dogs at scrap yard in Valencia
Two bulls will be patrolling the scrap yard in eastern Spain. Archive photo: AFP

Guard dogs were not proving enough of a deterrent to thieves at a car breakers yard in eastern Spain so the owner has brought in a pair of fighting bulls.

Two-headed shark born in Spanish laboratory
Scientists are studying the rare find. Photo: IBIMA / University of Malaga

Scientists at the University of Malaga found the embryo of a shark with two heads and just one body.

Spain under pressure to stop refuel of Russian warships
Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is due to arrive in Ceuta. Photo: Mil Ru / Wikimedia

Spain is facing international pressure to refuse permission for a Russian warship flotilla to refuel in Ceuta en route to continuing airstrikes against the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Most wanted: Fugitive rapist arrested in Tenerife
Mohammed Jahangir Alam was arrested n Tenerife. Photo: Crimestoppers.

Mohammed Jahangir Alam, one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who fled the country in 2008 after allegedly raping a woman, was found working in Tenerife.

Analysis & Opinion
Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Spanish 'La Mafia' restaurants banned after Italian complaint
Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Hunt launched for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
jobs available