The fight between the former king of Spain Juan Carlos and his ex-lover goes before the judges of appeal | world news
The former king of Spain has launched an appeal bid after losing a High Court fight with an ex-lover who accused him of spying on and harassing her.
Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, a Danish businesswoman, has filed a lawsuit against Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014, seeking damages for personal injury.
Carlos, 84, denies wrongdoing and disputes the allegations made against him.
Lawyers representing the former monarch 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.
In July, two Court of Appeal judges allowed Juan Carlos to challenge some of Judge Nicklin’s findings.
Three appeal judges, Lady Justice King, Lady Justice Simler and Lord Justice Popplewell, are due to consider detailed arguments at a hearing at the London Court of Appeal.
Lawyers representing Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn argued that the former king’s offer to appeal should be rejected.
The judges heard how Juan Carlos reigned from 1975 until his abdication in June 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 the former king from 2012, following the “breakdown of an intimate romantic relationship” and his “refusal to let (the former king) use a financial sum 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, Carlos remained a “sovereign” and was entitled to personal immunity under the 1978 State Immunity Act.
He had also declared that Carlos was not a member of the current king’s household within the meaning of this act.
Judge Nicklin said the former king’s position under the Spanish constitution was ‘entirely ceremonial’ and guaranteed him ‘no continuing role’.