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Old 04-07-2018, 11:33 PM
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Sorry for the confusion, the memorial mass for the late Count of Barcelona was the one I was referring to.
Oops, sorry, my mistake! I think you're right. Letizia may have been in a bad mood at the prospect of Cristina's appearance with the royal family later that week.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:40 PM
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This tweet illustrates it perfectly:

https://twitter.com/manueldemiguel/s...96614366175232

Twitter "divided"... between the monarchists who hate Letizia and the republicans who hate Letizia.

And that's exactly how the last days have been around in many parts of Spain, people are talking about either Cifuentes' fake Masters or Letizia, neither thing in a very particularly flattering way
That is how the media has learned to inflate anything, turn it into a sports match. As they have with our country when they decided to divide it into red and blue a couple of decades ago. A boon for the media companies and nobody else.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:45 PM
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This tweet illustrates it perfectly:

https://twitter.com/manueldemiguel/s...96614366175232

Twitter "divided"... between the monarchists who hate Letizia and the republicans who hate Letizia.

And that's exactly how the last days have been around in many parts of Spain, people are talking about either Cifuentes' fake Masters or Letizia, neither thing in a very particularly flattering way
In other words some of the venom comes from people (republicans) who would hate Letizia even if she had a reputation for saintliness, washed Sofia's feet, and personally delivered food and blankets to homeless shelters. In that case, their vitriol really has nothing to do with the events of April 1.
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Old 04-08-2018, 07:42 AM
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I am no friend of Letizia's but I am shocked seeing these pictures, why chose Felipe to humiliate her in public, making her open Sofia's car door as if she was a lackey, then Sofia taking Letizia's place next to the King when posing in front of the hospital?? If this is a PR move, it's not only fake but makes things even worse, Felipe has to put BOTH women in place since BOTH created this mess in the cathedral, what does this say about him, yes he drives the car and walks in front and speaks to be press with the women trailing behind, he's a Mama's Boy King, siding with his mother when he should side with nobody but himself and the institution.

Yeah, sure

Nothing to see here! Queen Letizia and mother-in-law Queen Sofia flash big smiles as they make their first public appearance together since they were filmed having a 'tense' exchange

Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia in first appearance together since 'tense' exchange | Daily Mail Online

I feel sorry for JC since his stay in hospital is being used for very bad PR, hopefully he has a good recovery, I worry that he will have difficulties to walk properly again. It's a long road with rehab, especially at this age.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:37 AM
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The King,Queen and Queen Mother visit King Juan Carlos at the Hospital Universitario Sanitas La Moraleja.


A photo op to show a reconciliation between Letizia and Sofia after the fiasco in Mallorca ?And Letizia even opens the car door for Sofia to get out !
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:44 AM
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Duke, today I am with you, huge mistake of Felipe. Queen Sofía was the one who made the biggest mistake on Sunday ... but she wins, while Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor have to duck their heads.

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Old 04-08-2018, 09:18 AM
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I am no friend of Letizia's but I am shocked seeing these pictures, why chose Felipe to humiliate her in public, making her open Sofia's car door as if she was a lackey [....]

What about just being nice and open the door for an almost 80 years old lady?
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:30 AM
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Felipe doesnt do things only halfway, does he.

Now Sofia can even officially grab the girls and gets the picture that was denied to her in church, while Letizia has to stand by and let it happen.

Sorry, maybe I am just cynical but to me this is very badly done PR and I don't like the way Letizia gets a full scale public punishment while Sofia had equal part in the quarrel.
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:05 AM
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Duke, not just Letizia, today Leonor has also had her lesson in humility. And while Sofia triumphant has achieved her goal... although probably on the way she has lost much of the respect that her granddaughters could have for her.

The Spanish press always points to Letizia, as the great manipulator who controls Felipe, but what happened today shows who is the great manipulator. Frederika would be proud.
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:15 AM
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This was them leaving the hospital yesterday.

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Old 04-08-2018, 10:33 AM
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Duke, not just Letizia, today Leonor has also had her lesson in humility. And while Sofia triumphant has achieved her goal... although probably on the way she has lost much of the respect that her granddaughters could have for her.

The Spanish press always points to Letizia, as the great manipulator who controls Felipe, but what happened today shows who is the great manipulator. Frederika would be proud.
Come on. Let us face the bare essence: the wife visits her husband. She is driven by her son and daughter-in-law. No more, no less. Nothing to do with PR, Queen Frederika or whatever. Just a 100% normal scene.
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:39 AM
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Felipe doesnt do things only halfway, does he.

Now Sofia can even officially grab the girls and gets the picture that was denied to her in church, while Letizia has to stand by and let it happen.

Sorry, maybe I am just cynical but to me this is very badly done PR and I don't like the way Letizia gets a full scale public punishment while Sofia had equal part in the quarrel.
Don't know how true, but according to my friend in Spain, Felipe has always been a bit of a "Mamma's Boy" [not that loving parent is wrong] because his father treated him much harder than sisters, especially Cristina and Sofia had to intercede many times when Felipe was young. This is rather common all over the world but it should stop once maturity slams in. Elena seems the most mature, levelheaded and unspoiled of the lot.

My personal take on this entire situation [which seems to be blown all out of whack] is that older daughter had a hormonal moody bug up and acted as all that age girls do periodically and parent tried to intercede. Mothers of daughters can relate. It happens. But I believe the child started the ball rolling and others took advantage then blame to smooth things over. This young girl has realized now that she is extremely important to the country of Spain, over-and-above all others her age. Difficult thing to not get swelled up about at that age. She will be taught what is proper in public. It took many years before Princess Anne took Queen Mother's well known advise before she settled in. JMHO
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:39 AM
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Duke, not just Letizia, today Leonor has also had her lesson in humility. And while Sofia triumphant has achieved her goal... although probably on the way she has lost much of the respect that her granddaughters could have for her.

The Spanish press always points to Letizia, as the great manipulator who controls Felipe, but what happened today shows who is the great manipulator. Frederika would be proud.
Yes, it's clear for everyone to see who got out on top.
But the damage is done and there are no winners.

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Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia in first appearance together since 'tense' exchange | Daily Mail Online
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:08 AM
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Maybe no winners, but at least not making it worse imo

Now if they can show this public image for a couple of months the damage might be averted
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:21 AM
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Yes, it's clear for everyone to see who got out on top.
But the damage is done and there are no winners.

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Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia in first appearance together since 'tense' exchange | Daily Mail Online
Yes, the damage has been done and there maybe a temporary truce but I doubt anyone believes that all is well. Duke, for all we know this may have been Letizia's idea. Had she not made the effort what would the papers be saying? There is no good way for this to play out.
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:49 AM
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Yes, the damage has been done and there maybe a temporary truce but I doubt anyone believes that all is well. Duke, for all we know this may have been Letizia's idea. Had she not made the effort what would the papers be saying? There is no good way for this to play out.
Indeed. Letizia is the one who benefits from scenes like this, not in that people are going to forget about what happened but in that at least things don’t continue getting worse for her. The real punishment for Letizia would be Sofía not appearing with her in public and letting the public indignation build more and more.

I don’t think the hospital visits would have been Letizia’s idea alone but I also would hope she’d be the first to recognize how bad this has been for her and to a lesser extent Leonor and be the first to want to take steps to control further damage.

As far as Sofia’s motivations - this isn’t about her winning, or getting her picture with her granddaughters, or any nonsense like that. This is her using the considerable influence and public good will she possesses to prevent further damage to the monarchy, regardless of what her personal feelings may be. This is what she’s done all her life.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:25 PM
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Indeed. Letizia is the one who benefits from scenes like this, not in that people are going to forget about what happened but in that at least things don’t continue getting worse for her. The real punishment for Letizia would be Sofía not appearing with her in public and letting the public indignation build more and more.

I don’t think the hospital visits would have been Letizia’s idea alone but I also would hope she’d be the first to recognize how bad this has been for her and to a lesser extent Leonor and be the first to want to take steps to control further damage.

As far as Sofia’s motivations - this isn’t about her winning, or getting her picture with her granddaughters, or any nonsense like that. This is her using the considerable influence and public good will she possesses to prevent further damage to the monarchy, regardless of what her personal feelings may be. This is what she’s done all her life.
I disagree, Letizia has been punished enough anyway by what has been written in the papers. For me it's about Sofia getting it totally her way what is not correct. They could have done the whole scene less fake and less humiliating, without a triumphant Sofia standing next to Felipe, holding the hands of her granddaughters, Letizia opening the door for her is too much for me. As long as Sofia is alive, Letizia will officially be a second class Queen, what is very damaging. They have BOTH tarnished the image of the monarchy, Felipe should have known better openly siding with his mother.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:40 PM
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Sofia was primarily responsible for what happened, for wanting to do things her way. When she wants to improve Cristina's image, she has no problem contacting the friendly media to do so. If she had spoken with a friendly journalist and in the first person had downplayed what happened and would have recognized that she did not do well either ... this would have stopped.

But this forced performance is useless, Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor do not benefit because everything is forced and people know it... and because all the headlines say "they ask for forgiveness". But the lie created against them that they were the only ones to blame for the incident, remains intact.

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Old 04-08-2018, 12:54 PM
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They are doing something to address the horrible situation. And that means they have listened to the criticism.
Good!

It may also be an indication that King Felipe (about time) has put his foot down and told his two Queens in no uncertain terms to behave while in public. - As they should under any circumstances!

You can say it's over the top and that it fools no one or that it humiliates one or the other, perhaps it is, I don't care. To me it's the intention that matters.
And the SRF have today at least shown that they intend to correct the PR-blunder and that I find positive.

Finally, I do not buy the argument that Leonor should in any way have been responsible!
Leonor had no problems with her grandmother before the incident, she had no problems afterwards and she seemingly have no problems today.
It was only when her mother and grandmother pressed their noses together right in front of her that she objected.

I'm sure Leonor will throw the odd tantrum from time to time and slam the odd door. (Or she will in the future...) But she didn't at the cathedral.
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I disagree, Letizia has been punished enough anyway by what has been written in the papers. For me it's about Sofia getting it totally her way what is not correct. They could have done the whole scene less fake and less humiliating, without a triumphant Sofia standing next to Felipe, holding the hands of her granddaughters, Letizia opening the door for her is too much for me. As long as Sofia is alive, Letizia will officially be a second class Queen, what is very damaging. They have BOTH tarnished the image of the monarchy, Felipe should have known better openly siding with his mother.
Triumphant Sofía? Gosh, you read a lot in this. Just a car arriving with Doña Sofía visiting her husband, in the presence of her son and his spouse. I have seen a normal scene without any triumphalism. Come on.
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