Originally Posted by Regina
Princess Letizia was in New York reporting the terrorist act of September 11. So she knew English at the time otherwise TVE wouldn't pick her to the job.
I've heard a rumour that Queen Fabiola was jealous of Queen Paola. Fabiola was jealous of her beauty and fertility.
Fabiola did not suffer from infertility. She became pregnant five separate times, two more than Paola. I've just never, in all my reading and studying of Fabiola, found her to be the jealous type, especially of a woman with a very troubled and unfaithful marriage.
Still, I don't think there was ill-will between those two ladies. I have many many photos and I just don't see it in the body language or facial expressions. Despite what people think, my impression is that Baudouin was much less flexible and lenient than Fabiola. Indeed, he is the one who had Paola's calls monitored. I don't think he was jealous either, just annoyed at the trouble caused to the royal family by his brother's troubled relationship.
Now if you want to talk about jealousy, I think Lilian, Princess of Réthy was jealous of Fabiola. Lilian hated moving from Laeken to Argenteuil and she spitefully and notoriously took all the furniture out of the living apartments at Laeken, royally (no pun intended) pissing off Baudouin, who was thereafter estranged from his father and step-mother.
It has been greatly reported that Fabiola and Lilian immediately took a disliking to one another.