The saga of the former king, his lover, her $77.2 million, and the dead elephant took a new turn this week. It emerged that Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, an old lover of the former king Juan Carlos of Spain, accuses him of spying on her in the UK. In a claim in the High Court in London the German-Danish businesswoman says that he put her under surveillance as part of their long-running battle.

The gift of $77.2 million he allegedly gave Sayn-Wittgenstein, 57, in 2012, is a key focus in investigations into Carlos’s finances and is at the heart of the dispute between the former lovers. He abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son, Felipe, and last year left Spain amid corruption allegations and a rise in republican sentiment.

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