Nation's King: I Refuse to Accept My Inheritance

King Felipe VI says his father's financial irregularities were too much
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2020 3:30 PM CDT
Nation's King Renounces Inheritance Amid Scandal
In this photo released on Tuesday Dec. 24, 2019, Spain's King Felipe VI delivers his traditional annual Christmas speech from the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain.   (Ballesteros, Pool photo via AP)

Spain’s royal house said Sunday that King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emerit Juan Carlos I, over the alleged financial irregularities involving the former monarch, the AP reports. The royal house said in a statement that in addition to renouncing his inheritance, Felipe is stripping Juan Carlos of his annual stipend. The decision comes amid an ongoing investigation by Swiss prosecutors into an offshore account allegedly operated for Juan Carlos. The account allegedly received $100 million from Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah in 2008, which prosecutors believes could be kickback payments, according to a Swiss newspaper.

On Saturday, British newspaper the Telegraph reported that Felipe was named as a beneficiary of an offshore fund that controls the Swiss account with an alleged $72 million gift from Saudi Arabia given to his father when he was on the throne. Felipe denied any knowledge of the fund in Sunday’s statement.

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