(CNN Spanish) –– After almost 2 years without setting foot in Spain, King Emeritus Juan Carlos I will travel this Thursday to the Galician town of Sanxenxo. The Royal House confirmed it this Wednesday through a statement shared at the request of the emeritus, who reported that he will be in Spain from this Thursday until next Monday, May 23.
Pedro Campos, president of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo and a close friend of the king emeritus, stated in a telephone interview granted to the program “La Hora de la 1” on Spanish Television that the monarch will travel to the Galician town to participate in the third Regatta of the IV Spanish Cup Circuit 2022. During those days, the monarch will stay at the house of the president of the Yacht Club, according to Campos.
On Monday, before returning to Abu Dhabi, where he currently has his residence, Don Juan Carlos will travel to Madrid to meet his son and current king, Felipe VI, his wife, Doña Sofía, and other members of the family at the Palacio of the Zarzuela
However, it is expected that this will not be the only visit to Spain. As indicated in the statement shared by the Royal House, this visit “is part of the desire of His Majesty King Juan Carlos to travel frequently to Spain to visit family and friends, and organize his personal life and his place of residence in private spheres. In addition, Campos added in his interview on Spanish Television that he is expected back in a month “for the world championship that will take place from June 10 to 18.”
Juan Carlos I established his current residence in the United Arab Emirates after leaving Spain in August 2020. That decision was made due to “the public repercussion that certain past events are generating” in his private life, as stated in the letter that That same month he sent his son and current monarch, King Felipe VI.
This announcement came after learning in June of the same year that the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office was investigating him for his involvement in possible irregularities in the construction of a high-speed rail line in Saudi Arabia that was inaugurated in 2018. Although the Prosecutor’s Office did not specify for which specific crimes they would be investigating him, his work focuses on delimiting or ruling out any criminal liability that Juan Carlos I may have incurred after ceasing to be head of state.
In response to a prior inquiry from CNN, his attorney declined to comment on the investigation. However, in a December 2020 statement he wrote that his client continues “as he has always been, at the disposal of the Public Prosecutor for any procedure or action that he deems appropriate.”