Spain´s royal family have been rocked by allegations from Queen Leticia’s former brother-in-law that he had an affair with her during the early years of her marriage to king Felipe VI, in a post made by him on X (formerly Twitter), which was later deleted.
The claim made by Jaime del Burgo, a longtime friend of Leticia who went on to marry her sister, Telma Ortiz, from 2012 to 2014, alleged that he was in a romantic relationship with the queen before she was married in 2004 and at another point after her wedding.
The claims have received widespread coverage including in Britain´s Daily Mail which published the article today stating that del Burgo said he was going to propose to Leticia but desisted when she told him about her relationship with the future king.
According to the Mail article ” the former king, Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia weren’t thrilled by the prospect of their son marrying Letizia and the late king is quoted as saying: ‘You’re going to destroy the monarchy.’
Del Burgo shared an image of Letizia on X in which she is visibly pregnant (her daughters were born in 2005 and 2007), claiming that Leticia sent him the photo while they were having an affair with the message: ‘Love. I am wearing your pashmina. It is like feeling you by my side. It looks after me. Protects me. I am counting the hours until we see each other again, love you, get out of here. Yours.’
He later deleted the messages and all the content from his X account, although his profile is still visible.
Del Burgo describes himself on his website ass ‘an entrepreneur and private investor living with his wife and daughters in the UK”.
Speculation over Leticia’s relationship with del Burgo also emerged after the 53-year-old businessman was interviewed by the author of a new book about his relationship with the royal.
In the book Letizia and I, by veteran Spanish journalist Jaime Peñafiel, del Burgo claimed that Letizia told him that she loved him as they lay in hammocks by the pool at her and Felipe’s royal residence, La Zarzuela.