The legal representatives of the King Emeritus yesterday presented a statement before the Ministry of Finance with which Don Juan Carlos declares his debt with the Treasury regularized for the value of 678,393.72 euros, corresponding to opaque gifts he received during the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 – once he had abdicated – and that he had never declared as his. This amount represents 70 percent of the undeclared income, including the official interest and surcharges applicable to any other Spaniard in your situation, so that that part of your assets is no longer hidden and you can be legally taxed for it. The regularization objectively supposes the express recognition of Don Juan Carlos of having incurred in a reprehensible conduct from an administrative-fiscal perspective, and a priori any other responsibility that could be attributed to him should be settled, especially in the criminal field. In any case, the moral damage to the Crown and to his own image has been done, because the conduct that has now led him to settle accounts with the Treasury is still incompatible with the demand for exemplarity that Don Juan Carlos should always have as Head of the Treasury. State, and also after.
The official statement signed by Felipe VI last March, in which he categorically distinguished himself from any conduct of his father that was susceptible to legal reproach, or that overshadowed the prestige of the Monarchy as an institution, marked a before and after in the recent history of Spain. The King, as holder of the Crown, wanted to preserve it from any attack that could derive from the grave errors of Don Juan Carlos, and he limited himself to fulfilling his obligation, no matter how much it hurt him to give up the legitimate and public support of his father, because he has never stopped being that, his own father. Precisely for this reason, Don Felipe’s sacrifice took on an undeniable value and served to reinforce the appreciation, affection and respect of the vast majority of Spaniards for the parliamentary monarchy.
The excesses of Don Juan Carlos cannot be the alibi of a minority of deeply anti-Spanish and anti-democratic parties to open a general cause against the Crown. And even less so if those who promote an entire maneuver to demolish the Monarchy to reinstate an authoritarian republic – there is a vice president of the Government who affirms this verbatim from the table of the Council of Ministers – are the same inquisitors who have been convicted of similar tax fraud to those of Don Juan Carlos. Or for not regularizing its employees before Social Security, or for incurring sedition with public money to proclaim an independent nation. In a democracy, and things have come to this point, Don Juan Carlos should have the right to reply to every accusation made against him, because his presumption of innocence has not always been respected. He has been stigmatized with a single objective: to wear down the figure of Don Felipe and to despise the entire Royal Family. Today, Don Juan Carlos should have as much moral right to defend himself in public as the Spaniards to receive a solvent explanation of what happened because the reputational cost affects the entire Crown and is serious. In any case, the recent history of Spain since his proclamation as King remains as indelible as the far-reaching services he rendered to help transform Spain into an example of democracy and progress. Don Juan Carlos has not behaved as he should. Yes, but no one can erase the past or claim the right to harm Don Felipe.