Spain’s former king’s ex-lover ‘says intruders left book about Diana’s death’
An ex-lover of a former king of Spain has alleged ‘intruders’ left a book about ‘the involvement of British and American intelligence agencies’ in the death of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in his apartment , the appeals judges were told.
Businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who is filing a lawsuit against Juan Carlos, alleged “an operation” by Spanish intelligence agents in her apartment in Switzerland, a court heard on Tuesday. calling from London.
She also alleged that she received a “follow-up phone call” from an “unknown person” who made an “hint” to how Diana died, a lawyer representing Juan Carlos said.
Juan Carlos, 84, who abdicated in 2014, began appeal proceedings after losing a High Court fight with Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 57. Ms. zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn files a lawsuit against Juan Carlos, seeking damages for personal injury.
She alleges he caused her “great mental pain” by spying on and harassing her.
Juan Carlos denies wrongdoing and disputes the allegations made against him.
Lawyers representing Juan Carlos had argued that he was “entitled to immunity from the jurisdiction of the English courts as a prominent member of the Spanish Royal Family”.
But a High Court judge disagreed.
Judge Nicklin ruled earlier this year that the claim could go ahead in England.
Three appeal judges – Lady Justice King, Lady Justice Simler and Lord Justice Popplewell – began to consider a challenge by Juan Carlos to some of the findings made by Judge Nicklin, during a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London tuesday.
Lawyer Timothy Otty KC, told judges an allegation Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn made was that papers in her flat in Villars, Switzerland had been disturbed.
He suggested the “inference” was that “this operation” was carried out by “Spanish intelligence agents”.
Mr Otty said details of the complaint alleged an ‘operation’ by Spain’s intelligence agency, the CNI, to ‘enter’ Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s apartment in Switzerland to ‘threaten’ her .
“It is alleged that the ‘papers were disturbed in his apartment’ in Villars,” he said in written argument.
“It is alleged that a book was left by the intruders on the subject of the involvement of British and American intelligence agencies in the death of Princess Diana.
“It is further alleged that (Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn) received a telephone call in Switzerland from an unknown Spanish-speaking person who informed her that ‘there are many tunnels between Monaco and Nice’ – this is to say an allusion to how Princess Diana was killed – following a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, which the book left by the intruders had identified as in the hands of the intelligence services.
Mr Otty said Juan Carlos had pointed out that he considered Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s legal action to be “vexatious”.
“He categorically denies having committed or directed any harassment of (Ms. zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn) in anything, and he rejects her allegations to the contrary as false and inconsistent with previous public statements made by her.
“The allegations also involve an alleged abuse of power wholly inconsistent with Her Majesty’s important role in Spain’s transition to a successful parliamentary democracy and her long period of service as sovereign.”
Judges have heard that Juan Carlos reigned from 1975 until his abdication in 2014 and the succession of his son, King Felipe VI.
They have been told Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who lives in England and has a home in Shropshire, wants an ‘injunction and damages’ stemming from an ‘ongoing and continuing campaign of harassment’ against her, “begun” by (Juan Carlos) from 2012, following the “rupture of an intimate romantic relationship” and his “refusal to let (Juan Carlos) use a financial sum which was irrevocably offered to him, or to return ‘other gifts’.
Lawyers representing her alleged to judges that the conduct “includes (the former king) or his agents smearing her and her affairs in the media, following her, entering her home in Shropshire and bugging her homes and businesses. electronic appliances”.
Judge Nicklin rejected the argument that, despite his abdication, Juan Carlos remains a “sovereign” and is entitled to personal immunity under the 1978 State Immunity Act.
He also said that Juan Carlos was not a member of the current king’s household within the meaning of this law.
Judge Nicklin said the former king’s position under the Spanish constitution is “entirely ceremonial” and grants him “no continuing role”.