Ex-King Juan Carlos’s decision to attend the Queen’s funeral has sparked left-wing Republican fury in Spain.
Unidas Podemos spokesman Pablo Echenique said: ‘Inviting an on-the-run criminal to a state funeral shows you just what the monarchy is in the UK and in Spain.’
The other party in the coalition, the Socialist Party, said it would not comment on the King’s personal decisions but queried if the royal household would be happy.
The invite came from the Foreign Office and Spanish Embassy in London. The 84-year-old is a distant cousin of Elizabeth II.
El Mundo reported that Juan Carlos chose to leak news of his invitation and decision to go to the funeral to the media before the royal household found out.
The decision prompted speculation as to if Juan Carlos and Felipe would both attend.
But it was confirmed on Monday that Letizia, Juan Carlos, Felipe and Sofia would be going.
The invite came from the Foreign Office and Spanish Embassy in London. The 84-year-old is a…