Text messages from Queen Letizia pledging support for a businessman suspected of involvement in a banking scandal have been published by on-line portal eldiario.es. Javier López Madrid, a long-time friend of King Felipe, is amongst dozens of former executives and board members from Caja Madrid and Bankia accused of using corporate credit cards to run up bills totalling about €12 million on personal expenses.
According to eldiario.es, the Queen wrote to López in October 2014 when the scandal broke, saying: “We know who you are and you know who we are. We know each other, like each other, respect each other. To hell with the rest. Kisses yoga mate (miss you!!!)”