Ex-King Juan Carlos once shot his brother: new details about the fatal accident

Ex-King Juan Carlos once shot his brother: new details about the fatal accident
Ex-King Juan Carlos once shot his brother: new details about the fatal accident

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos (84) has caused a stir in recent years due to allegations of corruption. He was accused in 2020 of being involved in a possible financial scandal. The investigation has been dropped, but the former monarch continues to live in exile in Dubai.

Now the HBO documentary ‘Salvar al Rey’ reveals (Eng. “Rescue the King”) unknown details of a tragic incident in Juan Carlos youth.

On March 29, 1956, the then 18-year-old shot his 14-year-old brother Alfonso.

Juan Carlos was attending the military academy in Zaragoza at the time and was going home to his family for Easter. Everyone attended a mass in the morning, ran errands throughout the day, and finally returned home around 7 p.m., Dana Press reported.

An hour later, a deafening bang was heard. “While the Infant Don Alfonso de Borbón was cleaning a revolver with his brother, the pistol went off and hit him in the forehead region, whereupon he died a few minutes later. The accident happened at 8.30 p.m. after returning from the Maundy Thursday service, where he celebrated the Holy had received communion,” read the press release at the time.

In the documentation comes now too Antonio Eraso, a close childhood friend of Juan Carlos, who was also at the scene when the accident happened. “I was there when it happened, but in a different room. We all ran when we heard the shot. The boy’s father, don Juan, made Juan Carlos swear that he hadn’t done it on purpose. It wasn’t easy for one […] 18-year-old boy.” Don Juan is said to have been shocked and upset.

But after the horrific event, no police investigation was initiated, nor was an autopsy performed—all on don Juan’s orders.

It was also not known for a long time that Don Carlos was responsible for the death of his brother, only in 1975, when he became king, was it confirmed to the public.

The article is in German

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