Donna, if you listened to Barrientos on television you would see that she hates Letizia. She and Peñafiel were together at a reception prior to the wedding, and it seems that Letizia did not pay them the attention they felt they deserved .... and so they take 10 years living criticizing Letizia. Both are two self-centered, they believe they are very important and despise the princess.
This column is only gossip with the intention of continuing to attack Letizia. In recent years with the problems and the economic crisis, the Spanish Royal Family has remained far from royal celebrations... and for the press the option is always to blame Letizia. Just read the story they invented on the christening of Leonore of Sweden.
In the meeting with the king and queen of the Netherlands the two couples looked happy, very relaxed. The same with the visit of the Prince of Wales and Camilla, and Prince Naruhito. At the events in the Vatican or in the Olympics, there are many pictures of Letizia speaking comfortably with other royals.
Often relationships between royals are given by geographical, historical and family ties... The Scandinavian countries are always related to each other, like the Benelux countries ... and Spain has more to do with Arab monarchies than northern European monarchies.