29 Dec, 2022 @ 08:45
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Nephew of Spain’s King Felipe denies press reports of involvement in nightclub brawl

Concierto De Manuel Carrasco En El Starlite De Marbella
Froilan in Starlite Festival

KING FELIPE’S nephew has made a statement to categorically deny a series of news stories that have emerged in recent days. 

According to online daily El Confidencial, the police have implicated Felipe Juan Froilán Marichalar y Borbón in a fight outside a Madrid nightclub in late November involving knives, and are investigating his involvement. 

The young royal, who is widely known as ‘Froilán’ and is fourth in line to the throne, claimed that he was actually a ‘victim’ in the situation. 

‘I was in the doorway of a nightclub when a thing happened and now they want to drag me into it, as if I had anything to do with a fight,’ the 24-year-old wrote in the statement, which was made public on a magazine show on TV channel Antena 3. ‘If I am anything, I’m a victim. Or not even that. I’m a witness to what happened.’

Froilán, who is the grandson of self-styled emeritus king Juan Carlos I, also denied two other stories that appeared in El Confidencial.

He was alleged to have got into a fight in a bar in Madrid after trying to jump the queue for the bathroom, as well as being in the passenger seat when his sister, Victoria Federica, crashed the vehicle they were travelling in into a series of parked cars in the upscale Salamanca neighbourhood. 

‘There isn’t an ounce of truth to them,’ he said in his statement. ‘I don’t know where these hoaxes come from. I’d love to know where these things come from,’ he added. 

Froilán has been involved in a number of controversial incidents over the years. He made the news during the Covid-19 pandemic for ignoring restrictions, and in July he was forced to flee a Marbella nightclub when a shooting took place in the VIP zone between two groups of patrons. 

In 2012, he infamously shot himself in the foot by accident while on a family farm in Soria. The police became involved given that he was under the age of 14 at the time, which is the legal age in Spain for firearm use. No further action was taken, however.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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