Accidents, a corruption scandal and private trips during the crisis in Spain put in check to members of the monarchy that boasts of its popularity. Strong criticism of the press accusing the royalty of frivolous and indifferent.
The last gasp was the hip fracture suffered by King Juan Carlos on Friday during a hunt in Botswana, a country that came to private trip. The Spanish monarch had to return emergency and underwent surgery on Saturday in Madrid at the USP Hospital San Jose, where he was fitted for prosthesis.
Doctors that serve the King, 74, said that "the patient's progress is satisfactory”. For its part, the prime minister,, after visiting this Sunday, said that “is lively and will soon be fully recovered to return to normal activity.”
The circumstances of the accident generated outrage in Spain hit by the economic crisis. According to the press, Juan Carlos traveled to Botswana to participate in an elephant hunt, an activity that is authorized on condition of paying between 7,000 and 30,000 Euros.
This Sunday, the main Spanish newspapers showed a picture of former King posing; gun in hand, before a dead elephant, a picture that gave that talk. "It's a very little copy the spectacle of a monarch hunting elephants in Africa when the economic crisis in our country causing so many problems for the Spanish. It conveys an image of indifference and frivolity that the Head of State can never" criticized the newspaper’s World.
In December, Juan Carlos had asked for " rigor, seriousness and exemplary, "which was interpreted as an allusion to the corruption scandal that is involved in his son Inaki Urdangarin, who had to testify before the judge in February.
In an attempt to protect its image, the Royal House first published accounts and excluded Urdangarin of their official ceremonies.
There is still too dark around the private travel of foreign head of state, which are often not reported, or the government, Parliament or the public.
ABC this Sunday headlined “bitterest year " for the royal family since coming to the throne in 1975, recalling the recent incidents involving its members.
This week, the monarch's eldest grandson, Felipe Juan Froilan, 13, son of the Infanta Elena and her ex-husband Jaime de Marichalar, was accidentally shot in his right foot while driving a shotgun, a prohibited practice in Spain to less than 14 years.
The intervention was the fourth Saturday of who submits the King in the last two years. In 2010 he removed a benign tumor of the lung. Last year was implanted in June prosthesis on his right knee in September and underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Last November, the King had to attend an official ceremony wearing sunglasses to hide a black eye, caused by a “coup against a door.”
The monarch's health problems suggest increasingly succession in the person of his son, Prince Felipe. This delicate process is presented in a country where, according to polls, people are more attached to the character of Juan Carlos to the institution, declaring more monarchy.