New documentary reveals the king of scandal’s wild sex life: Given testosterone blockers by the Spanish intelligence service

It was the closest father and son had been together in two years. Just a single chair separated them. Still, the air between them seemed cold. Ice cold.

Too many believed – understandably – that the scandal-ridden 84-year-old ex-king Juan Carlos should not be sitting there at all. For his ‘dear cousin Lilibeth’s’ funeral.

“Inviting a fugitive criminal to a state funeral just exposes the hypocrisy of the monarchy in Spain and England,” raged the Spanish socialist party Unidas Podimos, according to the Reuters Bureau.

But it also exposed how untouchable the ex-king still feels.

At Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the king of scandal sat just a single chair away from his son, King Felipe. And by the way in the row behind Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik.
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Not only does he currently have a potential lawsuit hanging over his head in England, where his former mistress – the half-Danish Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – has accused him of death threats, harassment and of having spied on her.

He is also the center of a new documentary series, ‘Saving the King’, which premiered on HBO a few weeks ago, and which certainly does not sweep anything under the carpet.

The title must be taken literally. Because allegedly the Spanish state machinery and the intelligence service protected the king for decades.

From himself and the many scandals Juan Carlos left in his wake.

Not least as a result of his almost insatiable hunger for women.

Press photographer Queca Campillo was one of them. And she had an interesting dual role.

In the documentary, she tells how they met at a reception and a few hours later had their first ‘meeting’.

“We had nowhere to meet, so I went to the back entrance of the palace, where we met in a van he had parked,” she says in the documentary about what became the beginning of several years as the king’s mistress.

Since then, however, the physical framework was upgraded, when the Spanish intelligence service set up a decidedly love nest for the king, where he could carefree pursue his affairs.


The half-Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was King Juan Carlos' mistress for a number of years.  Now she has accused him of, among other things, death threats.

The half-Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was King Juan Carlos’ mistress for a number of years. Now she has accused him of, among other things, death threats.
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But Queca Campillo was not only a mistress. In terms of her job, she knew if the media was on the way with something that could be a potential scandal for the king.

Then she let a few words fall in the right places, knew which buttons to push, and soon that story was dead. And the king could continue undeterred. And did it.

According to the biography ‘The King of 5,000 lovers’, King Juan Carlos was with 2,154 women from 1976 to 1994.

In fact, his sexual drive was so great that the Spanish intelligence service at one time put him on testosterone blockers because his desire posed a problem for the state.

An information that came to light at a parliamentary hearing last year.

But – as it has previously been promoted in, among other things Vanity Fair – was it not his infidelity and many affairs that were the beginning of the downfall of King Juan Carlos.

For the mistresses, the Spanish people could see through their fingers. But that was the thing about money being involved.

Lots of money. Tax payers money. Who not only financed the love nest, but also the blackmail that one of his mistresses subjected him to.

And then there were his shady dealings and connections that exposed his greed. Not least the famous bribe from Saudi Arabia, a check for 100 million dollars from the now deceased King Abdullah.

The documentary then also tries to explain what led to King Juan Carlos’s greed. But the more he got away – and that was most of it – the more untouchable he felt.

In 2014, however, the sum of scandals became too great. He had to abdicate, leave the throne to his son Felipe.

“It’s time for a new era,” he said on television. And thus thought that the matter was now closed and extinguished. It wasn’t supposed to go that way.

New scandals were unearthed, and in 2019 the ex-king completely withdrew from the public eye.

Just one year later, he fled Spain. Hiding with his Arab friends, shortly before his financial shenanigans came close to being exposed in the bribery investigations launched by both Spain and Switzerland.

He explained the escape according to Los Angeles Times with the fact that it was for the sake of his son. That he wouldn’t shadow him.

But – as he added in a letter: “My legacy and my own dignity demand that it be so.”

For two years, ex-King Juan Carlos has lived in Abu Dhabi. No doubt in the kind of luxury to which he had grown accustomed for more than four decades.

A few months ago he was on a short visit to Spain for the first time. Supposedly to visit his son.

But according to Spanish media coverage of the visit, he spent most of the time racing and did not seem to have reflected much on the scandals of the past.

For while the people demonstrated against him in the streets, and called him a rascal and a robber, asked the journalistswhether the ex-king had planned to apologize and explain himself to his son.

To which he squirmed insultedly: “Explain me? About what?”


Both Queen Elizabeth and ex-King Juan Carlos were great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria.  Here they are seen at a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2002.

Both Queen Elizabeth and ex-King Juan Carlos were great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. Here they are seen at a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2002.
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Perhaps it was the same arrogance and ignorance he carried with him when he arrived the other day – on shaky legs and clinging to a cane and a supporting arm – at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

Perhaps he thought he was now on his way to a worthy comeback. Secure his legacy as the great statesman he once was. He who restored democracy.

But there he thought wrong.

From the official side, they distanced themselves from him and emphasized that he did not represent the country, but was personally invited.

So whether the scandals ever leave him, time will tell. However, the upcoming trial and the HBO documentary do not suggest so.

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