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Old 06-03-2018, 06:18 PM
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King Felipe has told reporters that he did not want his daughters to have a childhood like his ... and some journalists close to Royal House have commented that he is more protective than Letizia ... but the easy thing is to blame her.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:09 PM
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The young princesses have 2 parents who they live with in a happy marriage and home, so why is it that everything falls on Letizia when they need to be seen in public? I would hope that both Letizia and Felipe make the decisions as to what the girls do in public, not just Letizia. Yes, Letizia has made mistakes since she married into the royal family yet who in the royal family has NOT made mistakes? I think we all know about the affairs of Juan Carlos and the way Christina and her husband have taken money that does not belong to them.......and the list could go on. Nobody is blameless here, yet Letizia from what I have read has not been accepted or treated well by the royal family. It is the duty of Felipe to make sure his wife and the mother of his children is not treated with disrespect by his family and he has not done that in my eyes......so IMHO shame on Felipe for not supporting his wife. Can anyone blame Letizia for developing an attitude of coldness around the media and other members of the royal family, I sure can't. It is all about one word....*TRUST* and I bet she does not *trust* just anyone, and why should she!
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:12 PM
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King Felipe has told reporters that he did not want his daughters to have a childhood like his ... and some journalists close to Royal House have commented that he is more protective than Letizia ... but the easy thing is to blame her.
What does “ not having a childhood like his” mean exactly ?

Just as a comparison, take the recent 50th birthday celebrations of CP Frederik and King Felipe. I am not suggesting that Spain should have the type of celebration that was done in Denmark for Frederik as that would be out of place in the Spanish context, but let’s just take a look for a moment at the role played by the kids in both countries.

In Denmark, we saw the kids talking about how their father was a bad loser and told the same jokes over and over again. And they didn’t praise him for being a good prince , but rather for his accomplishments as an athlete. I grant that was probably staged too as it echoed the words of Mary’s gala speech, but at least it felt genuine. And the older kids took part in the running event, which was an activity they could share with their parents and the public in a rather informal setting.

By contrast, what did we see from the Spanish royal family when King Felipe turned 50 ? Highly scripted images of Felipe’s daughters acting robotically, eating soup and talking about chemistry lessons in the car in a totally unnatural way for children of their age. And, then, an official ceremony where Leonor was given the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece and lectured by her father in his speech about her responsibilities as heiress to the Crown and how she would guide her life by the constitution blah blah blah

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Leonor receiving the Golden Fleece or being raised to understand her responsibilities as future queen, but isn’t that equivalent to her having a childhood similar to what Felipe had ?
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:13 PM
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Totally agree with you DOM, IMHO King Felipe has dropped to almost zero, he has shown little support for his wife and the mother of his children. To me now he appears as a weak minded mamma's boy.
Felipe cares about the interests of the monarchy, (which are, by definition, his own interests), above all else. He’s shown this in his dealings with his sister and her children as well as his father for years now.

IMO Felipe is very skillful in turning the misfortunes of those around him into benefits for himself. I happen to think the incident at Palma was Letizia’s fault, but I also think, in terms of how Felipe would have seen it, it looked like her fault to the majority of the Spanish people and that’s all that mattered. It now falls on Letizia to sort the situation out and, if she can’t, and things get worse instead of better over time, I have no doubt she’ll be marginalized in every way possible short of an actual divorce.

It’s not a matter of being a mama’s boy. I think given the right circumstances he’d throw Sofia under the bus, too. It’s a matter of being a man who’s been protected his whole life and had it justified as ‘the monarchy’ coming before all else.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:21 PM
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She is his heir Of course she is going to have similar parts of her upbringing to him in some ways. The speech about duty of course. Unless he some how convinced the government to make a nephew or niece heir, and let his daughter be private, he cant protect her from that life. That is a reality for his daughters.

What he can and what he Obviously meant....he wants them to have as normal a childhood as possible. He doesn't want their entire childhood to be about duty and lived out in the public spotlight. He obviously felt that he had too much media attention growing up.

I notice the people who bellyache about Felipe and Letizia, have no issue with the Cambridges doing the same thing. An appearance on the balcony at Trooping, and heavily staged birthday photoraphs? How dare one complain we don't get more then that. That is more then enough. But the Spanish royal children should have their private lives filmed, so they look real to the people

Each family decides how much their kids are shown to the public. One big difference with Letizia and Felipe we don't really see them at events that are child appropriate. We see the Danish kids when they go to events like LEGOLAND or they see horses, things kids would enjoy.
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She is his heir Of course she is going to have similar parts of her upbringing to him in some ways. The speech about duty of course. Unless he some how convinced the government to make a nephew or niece heir, and let his daughter be private, he cant protect her from that life. That is a reality for his daughters.

What he can and what he Obviously meant....he wants them to have as normal a childhood as possible. He doesn't want their entire childhood to be about duty and lived out in the public spotlight. He obviously felt that he had too much media attention growing up.

I notice the people who bellyache about Felipe and Letizia, have no issue with the Cambridges doing the same thing. An appearance on the balcony at Trooping, and heavily staged birthday photoraphs? How dare one complain we don't get more then that. That is more then enough. But the Spanish royal children should have their private lives filmed, so they look real to the people

Each family decides how much their kids are shown to the public. One big difference with Letizia and Felipe we don't really see them at events that are child appropriate. We see the Danish kids when they go to events like LEGOLAND or they see horses, things kids would enjoy.
I am pretty sure the Spanish RF has moments like that, but Felipe and Letizia want to keep them strictly private. Felipe for example is an avid sailor and a former Olympian. We know his girls get sailing lessons when they are in Mallorca, but we never get to see them sailing with their dad the way we see for example Frederik and Christian competing in a father/son regata together. Even when the Danish RF is on a strictly private holiday such as last year in Kos, we get pictures of Mary on a standup paddle board with Vincent and Josephine in wetsuit Lycra shirts and boardshorts.

I am not saying Felipe and Letizia are wrong to keep their family moments private, or that, by contrast, Frederik and Mary, or Victoria and Daniel are right. My point was simply that it is far more difficult for the public to build a personal connection to the Royal Family that way.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:36 PM
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One of the main issues is that we see very little 'natural' interaction (the video of Leonor and Sofia with their dad when the christmas message was taped was a nice exception). I sincerely hope that their upbringing is not as strict as it seems. They behave impeccable but they need to have some freedom to make mistakes - as colleague king Willem-Alexander pointed out in his 50th birthday interview.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:46 AM
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What does “ not having a childhood like his” mean exactly ?

Just as a comparison, take the recent 50th birthday celebrations of CP Frederik and King Felipe. I am not suggesting that Spain should have the type of celebration that was done in Denmark for Frederik as that would be out of place in the Spanish context, but let’s just take a look for a moment at the role played by the kids in both countries.

In Denmark, we saw the kids talking about how their father was a bad loser and told the same jokes over and over again. And they didn’t praise him for being a good prince , but rather for his accomplishments as an athlete. I grant that was probably staged too as it echoed the words of Mary’s gala speech, but at least it felt genuine. And the older kids took part in the running event, which was an activity they could share with their parents and the public in a rather informal setting.

By contrast, what did we see from the Spanish royal family when King Felipe turned 50 ? Highly scripted images of Felipe’s daughters acting robotically, eating soup and talking about chemistry lessons in the car in a totally unnatural way for children of their age. And, then, an official ceremony where Leonor was given the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece and lectured by her father in his speech about her responsibilities as heiress to the Crown and how she would guide her life by the constitution blah blah blah

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Leonor receiving the Golden Fleece or being raised to understand her responsibilities as future queen, but isn’t that equivalent to her having a childhood similar to what Felipe had ?
I fully agree with this. Comparing Felipe's and the girls' childhood is totally off anyway since the media environment has changed dramatically.

Another poster spoke about giving room for mistakes - I believe this is going to be a huge problem and 'hiding away' the daughters is not going to help. It will be their life after all, with all pros and cons, and they should better get used to everything in time and with a childlike approach. Being hardly seen in public does not give them any chance to learn - and make mistakes - in a natural way.

The Dutch are fiercly protective of their privacy, yet they publish pictures and the girls usually play a major role at King's Day or at their father's investiture or 50th birthday, including 'fun' events and not only the serious institutional ones. The sad fact that eg Amalia has been subject to negative comments about her weight needs to be addressed strongly, but even speaking up against it won't make it go away and she will have used to get to an environment where harrassment can be a daily burden.

Leonor will certainly suffer from abuse her whole life - as does her father, whose pictures are burned in the street - or her mother who has been relentlessly attacked, but she will have to get used to it by being natural and herself.
That speech Felipe gave on the occasion of the Golden Fleece was made of strong stuff for a 12 year old, not only the institutional life will be a heavy burden but also the expectation of being perfect - lead by the example of her mother, who started at some point wanting to be perfect, not allowing herself any mistakes, looking differently, behaving differently - contrary to her character that can be seen in early footage of her journalist years - with the result as being perceived as cold, arrogant or fake.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:47 AM
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Leonor was crucified by the press and social networks after the incident in Palma, when she was a baby the press came to publish that she was deaf and dumb, Froilán has been object of cruel jokes and provocations since he was a child, Victoria's sock had even press reports... in Spain while all children under 18 are protected, children of the Royal Family are not. The media and social pressure is enormous. Of course, their parents want to protect them, because they know that the minimum error will be used against them.

It is easy to show your children when you know that everything is going to be good words and that each image is grateful, that they will not point to your child for posing or smiling too much at the camera or for making an angry gesture.

Until a few years ago the law changed and the children were protected, in Spain the children of the Royal Family and some children of famous people were subjected to the same degree of twisted analysis as any adult. Now when one of those children, protected by law, celebrates 18 years the press is thrown at them as if they were hunting prey and they publish all the photos they could not publish in their childhood. The change in attitude of the press with Victoria that turns 18 in July is evident.

Not to mention that if in Spain they showed girls as much as in the Nordic countries, the Royal Family would be accused of using children to advertise themselves.

Find a middle point when you know that if you do one thing they will criticize you, and if you do the opposite too ... it is really difficult.
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Queen Sofia reduced the polemic by appearing with the family at the hospital and later with the female members of the family and Letizia's mother at a musical.
The musical took place 6 weeks after the incident and to me it looked like another triumph, Sofia posing with Leonor holding her hand tight, the rest, including the other granddaughters, Letizia and her mother seemed more or less staffage.
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Several Spanish magazines are running with this story,how true it is I have no idea

The article claims that Queen Letizia and the Infanta Elena had a major row with Elena telling Letizia 'she was not royal born and was born a poor commoner'

https://informalia.eleconomista.es/i...y-plebeya.html


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This news should have no real background. Queen Letizia is not the best friend of her sisters-in-law, but she seems to have a minimally cordial relationship with Elena and will return to talk to Cristina.
But you will never know the truth because the Royal House will never discuss matters of the private life of the members of the royal family.
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It's a fake news ... in recent months there are several websites (cotilleo, diariogol, merca2, periodistadigital) that daily invent a different fake news or simply use the name of Letizia to attract readers and then write anything absurd ...its credibility is null, but there is always some theoretically more serious web that copies something.
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Several Spanish magazines are running with this story,how true it is I have no idea

The article claims that Queen Letizia and the Infanta Elena had a major row with Elena telling Letizia 'she was not royal born and was born a poor commoner'

https://translate.google.com/transla...y-plebeya.html
WOW, I just can't believe Infanta Elena would do that. She has more class than to try and pull down anyone, especially her niece's mother and the wife of her brother the King. Nope, I would have had to be standing next to them and hear with my own ears before I believe such a tale. JMHO
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It would be totally out of character for Elena to do such a thing,the media love to invent stories that everyone is against Letizia,its become boring but they will continue I guess.
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If (big IF) Elena actually said such a thing to her sister-in-law, the Queen Consort and mother to the next Queen Regnant, it reflects poorly on Elena.
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From what I see, the Spanish press has never liked Letizia much and have always tried to fabricate stories against her. Never thought I'd quote Trump, but as he says, this seems like "fake news" to me.
I remember stories from Leonor and Sofia's toddler years of said disputes and arguments between Letizia and other parents at soft play centres etc, using the usual tabloid line "an insider said..."
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There was a similar story awhile ago about how Cristina called Letizia names at her mother’s birthday party of all things. It looks like the press decided to try their luck again with essentially the same story, only involving Elena.

The three sisters in law may not be close, may not especially like each other, but both Elena and Cristina have allowed their children to go on outings with Letizia. In fact both of their daughters were present and seemingly genuinely happy at the outing to - I think- the theatre last spring that was an obvious part of the “happy family” publicity specifically meant to bolster Letizia post-Palma. If I hated my sister in law to the point where I couldn’t stop myself from calling her names in public then I wouldn’t allow my children to get anywhere near her, and I certainly wouldn’t let them participate in an event meant to HELP said sister in law. So these sorts of stories don’t ring true to me. In fact they seem absurd.
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