SPAIN has apologised to the King of Morocco after officers patrolling for drug smugglers and human traffickers attempted to board the Royal’s yacht.
King Mohammed VI and his entourage were approached by officers on the waters off Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.
The Royal party had been operating two speed boats and three jetskis when they were interrupted by the Spanish authorities.
According to Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo, the infuriated Moroccan monarch shouted: “Do you know who I am?” then removed his cap and sunglasses and was instantly recognised.
After the embarrassing event the North African monarch called King Felipe VI of Spain to complain. As a result the head of the Guardia Civil in Ceuta, was immediately dispatched to the Moroccan royal yacht to personally apologise.
King Mohammed has since said that Morocco’s relationship with Spain is still as strong, although he was left disappointed at the lack of respect shown to him by Spanish officers.
Spanish authorities regularly stop gangs using speed boats and jetskis to transport drugs across the strait.