Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos wins immunity ruling in civil case with ex-mistress
THREE judges at the London Court of Appeal have ruled that the former mistress of Spain’s ex-King Juan Carlos cannot sue him for harassment during his tenure as monarch.
The judges said in a written statement released on Tuesday that Juan Carlos was “protected from jurisdiction” in England and Wales until his abdication in 2014.
While partially good news for the ex-monarch, the ruling still means Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn can pursue her civil suit against Juan Carlos, 84, for any alleged transgressions after he renounced the throne.
The King’s former mistress, who lives in England, is seeking an ‘injunction and damages’ due to an ‘ongoing and continuing campaign of harassment’.
She says her campaign started in 2012 after their split and is still active.
Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn filed a harassment complaint in London in 2020, alleging Juan Carlos forced her to return gifts worth 65 million euros, including artwork and jewellery.
His legal representatives described the Court of Appeal’s verdict as “disappointing”, but added that it only affected a small part of their case.
Michael Kim of law firm Kobre & Kim said: “Corinna’s claim can now progress to trial in the High Court in London.”
“The overwhelming part of Corinna’s claim, from 2014, remains unchanged,” he added.