By Sarah Keane • 13 February 2021 • 15:22
PRINCESS LEONOR: The future Queen with her father.
SPANISH TV channel apologises for comparing young princess Leonor to her disgraced grandfather
It was an embarrassing moment for Spain’s biggest TV station, RTVE, when they made the mistake of inadvertently comparing teen Princess Leonor of Asturias with her disgraced grandfather, former King Juan Carlos. The young royal is packing her bags for Wales where she will study the International Baccalaureate programme of the United World Colleges (UWC) educational institution at the UWC Atlantic College, as announced by her parents, King Felipe and Queen Letizia on Wednesday, February 10.
The director and presenter of the Spanish show La Hora de la 1, Monica Lopez, immediately apologised for the “mistake” when a banner reading ‘Leonor is leaving Spain, like her grandfather’ appeared under a picture of the 15-year-old princess on Wednesday’s show.
“Today we want to apologize. RTVE deeply regrets what happened and maintains its commitment to the State institutions,” Mónica López said. She added that the people responsible for writing the tag line had been “relieved from their positions.”
RTVE also made a public statement shortly after the broadcast stating that they “deeply regretted the serious error” and that they were taking measures to address it.
Leonor’s grandfather is, of course, infamous former king Juan Carlos, who fled into exile in August 2020 following several allegations of financial impropriety.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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