AN article in the magazine Hola recently criticised the media absence of the Infantas Leonor and Sofia.
The publication, usually so adulatory towards the royal family, wanted to know why the Princess of Asturias, Leonor, and the Infanta Sofia had not been seen since March 13, when Spain learnt of its imminent lockdown.
Hola went on to compare Leonor and Sofia to the children of other European royal houses.
“They have joined their parents with applause and gestures of solidarity, supporting their health systems or vulnerable collectives, but in Spain, we hear no news of the monarchs’ children,” the article continued.
While Spain mourned its dead, the country needed the Princess of Asturias’ support and solidarity, Hola declared.
“At moments like these, a future Queen should be a symbol of fighting spirit and hope to be closer than ever to those who are suffering.”
According to unsubstantiated rumours on some Spanish news websites, Hola rounded on the royal family following Felipe VI’s decision to renounce his future inheritance from his father, Juan Carlos.
He also stopped the state’s €194,000 allowance to the scandal-hit king, who abdicated in 2014 and allegedly amassed a fortune based on irregular commissions.