Waiter says he is son of former king

A Catalan waiter claims he is the illegitimate son of abdicated King Juan Carlos of Spain.


King Carlos faces a paternity suit logged at the nation’s Supreme Court by 58-year-old Alberto Sola Jimenez who claims he has discovered evidence that may suggest his mother had an affair with King Carlos before he married Queen Sofia.

Attempts to lodge paternity suits against King Carlos prior to his abdication in favour of his son, Felipe in June were rejected by the courts as under Spain’s constitution “the person of the King is inviolable and cannot be held accountable.”

Having abdicated on June 19 after his 39-year-reign King Carlos immediately lost the legal protection around him providing his immunity, and may now face judicial redress.

Following the abdication the Spanish parliament passed special legislation to protect King Carlos from lawsuits originating from Spanish civil and criminal courts making him answerable only to the Supreme Court.

The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports ‘a judge will now have to decide whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the case. If so, the former monarch may be called to give evidence and may be asked to provide a sample of his DNA.’

Mr Sola was adopted as a young child and claims that he has evidence that his natural mother, a daughter of a prominent banking family, may have had relations with the former monarch.

Mr Sola speaking to The Sunday Times recently said that he “only wants recognition,” and that “King Juan Carlos didn’t react when I asked him nicely.” By asking nicely Mr Sola explains that he was referring to multiple letters he had sent to the Zarzuela Palace.

Mr Sola having not received any word from the now former monarch told The Times: “I’ve no choice now but to put pressure on him. Every Spaniard has the right to know where he is from.”

Mr Sola’s paternity case is not the only case pending against King Carlos, but is the first logged within the Supreme Court.

The Telegraph reveals that Mr Sola has teamed up with a 48-year-old Belgian housewife, Mrs Sartiau who also has a case pending claiming she is also an illegitimate child of King Carlos.

Mrs Sartiau claims her natural mother met the monarch whilst visiting Paris in 1956 and again some 10 years later in 1966 whilst visiting Luxembourg where she claims she was conceived.

Mr Sola and Mrs Sartiau teamed up in 2012 when they both participated in DNA testing. The results according to The Telegraph reveal there was a 91 per cent likelihood that they both had at least one parent in common.

With their DNA results confirmed both then wrote a joint letter to the Spanish Royal Household requesting recognition. Neither Mr Sola and Mrs Sartiau received a response, resulting in them jointly filing for maternity tests against King Carlos, both requests were rejected.

With Mr Sola’s paternity test officially logged with the Supreme Court and Mrs Sartiau case pending, both will now have to wait for their respective cases to be reviewed by a judge and awaits the judge’s judicial direction.

According to The Telegraph Mr Sola claims that following his DNA results he has since met with an agent of Spain’s intelligence service who is reported to have confirmed his DNA matches that of King Carlos.

It is further reported that Mr Sola whilst meeting the agent has recorded a video of him renouncing any claims to the Spanish throne.


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