Spain’s king’s nephew could face jail time


Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbon is once again making headlines about the Spanish royals. He should be the focus of police investigations.

He is considered the problem child of the Spanish royal family: Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbon, called Froilán. The son of Elena of Spain, sister of King Felipe VI, has caused quite a stir this year. The number four in line to the Spanish throne got into a fight in a bar in April. While celebrating his 24th birthday at Opium Beach Club in Marbella in the summer, a guest pulled out a gun and shot himself after an argument in the VIP area.

Felipe Juan (r.) is the son of Elena of Spain (middle) and the grandson of the former king Juan Carlos (l.).
Felipe Juan (r.) is the son of Elena of Spain (middle) and the grandson of the former king Juan Carlos (l.). (Source: IMAGO / agefotostock)

As the newspaper “El Confidencial” reports, the grandson of the former King Juan Carlos was taken into custody in the morning hours of November 25 by emergency services in a mass brawl with stabbing weapons in front of a nightclub in Madrid. He was very drunk. According to the nightclub bouncer, two groups of young people who were under the influence of alcohol attacked each other. A friend of the royal is said to have sustained a 1 inch cut on his forearm that required hospital treatment.

Three months to a year in prison

Froilán was identified by several eyewitnesses and is now said to be the focus of police investigations due to possible allegations of bodily harm. If convicted, the 24-year-old faces three months to a year in prison or a fine. The royal family’s security officials are said to have been informed of the incident, but the palace has not yet commented.

Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón, his full name, is the eldest son of Elena of Spain. He comes from her marriage to Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada. On March 18, 1995, the Infanta said yes to the son of the Count of Ripalda. Felipe Juan was born three years later, his sister Victoria Federica was born in September 2000. Twelve years after the wedding, the royal couple announced their separation, and the divorce became official on November 14, 2009.



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