Do not go to think that Juan Carlos is sick or obsessed by death. Laurence Debray, who visited him in United Arab Emirates, found him with "serene and healthy face". He tells him in my deposed king, the book of him already for sale in France. But, this is the last page, just before the acknowledgments:
"I call you days later to see him again, my call falls into a bad time, is still very excited by the funeral of Prince Felipe de Edinburgh, his distant cousin," says the author. She then followed her transcribes the two phrases she exchanged with the monarch emeritus:
- It has been superb, really very exciting and elegant.
- In Spain it also buries well.
- My father's burial was very beautiful. Now I must think of mine.
The author concludes with two questions of her own harvest: "Will Spain be organized to meet them? Who will you go?"
An effective and coherent final with the hagiographical tone of an admirer of the political work of Father of Felipe VI, who finds unfair his current situation. "Juan Carlos personifies Democratic Spain, I am almost embarrassed in Spain, which acts as a decent heiress of the Inquisition and does not worry about the image that projects on the international scene. If you have an accident, you would compare to pay the hospital bill or of the repatriation? "
We are on a Sunday of the first confinement when the author's phone rings. She takes "without looking who calls". It's Juan Carlos ...
"I was reading an article in which you say that if I had died before the Botswana hunt, I would have died like a hero, but, you know, I am very well ..."
The author checks, with surprise, that King Emeritus "follows the news on TV but has never seen a series". So we arrived at chapter VIII who has been a title "Is Elba Island or Santa Elena Island?" He refers to the first exile of Napoleon, where he escaped to reconquer power in a lightning campaign that ended in Waterloo ... and in his second exile of him on the island of the South Atlantic where he died.
The author is reunited with her "expatriate King. Released from his image and his kingdom". Situation that seems to produce "repair effects". Of course, dressed as "an American tourist, a Manhattan banker, in his retirement from Florida. I do not know if the pole is great or that he has thinned a lot." Certain. Juan Carlos confesses: "I lost 12 kilos."
Debray notes that "he no longer has his face swollen with medications. His hands, as always, thin and carefully. It looks like a serene and healthy face, slightly tanned. The only thing that surprises me is his eyes. Before a bright blue, his Pupils have been veiled at a light gray. "
Can preserve Juan Carlos "his ways of gentleman (...) talks about the delicate situation in which he is and, with modesty, of the friends who have turned his back. Even those who owe him wealth and fame. Do not complain no problem".
"It is necessary to be able to talk about their future - an uncertain future, in suspense - we talked about the past," writes the author.
- What did the caudillo contribute to you?
- A middle class. Without it, I could not have been able to make the transition.Date Of Update: 08 October 2021, 10:21