The current situation of the Spanish monarchy highlights the possibility that Princess Leonor may never occupy the throne.
The reign of the Princess of Asturias might not even happen, as was revealed in the fifth and penultimate episode of the documentary series, ‘Los Borbones, una familia real’ (The Bourbons, a royal family). In this episode called “The Future”, the challenges faced by the heiress on her way to the throne were addressed.
Is Princess Leonor’s reign in danger?
During the chapter, the first years of King Felipe VI were reviewed and Leonor’s possible obstacles were analyzed.
For Elisabeth Duval, writer and philosopher, Princess Leonor will not reign.
“I think she will not reign because of what the polls say and because of the anachronistic part of the institution, which will become more and more evident” and she adds that “the first thing my generation sees about the Crown are the scandals, which contributes to a rather negative image”.
Part of this negative image has to do with the way in which the emeritus King Juan Carlos I managed his finances and how he practically fled his country to avoid the consequences of the investigations against him. Despite Felipe’s work to keep everything under control, these fissures end up taking their toll on the monarchical institution.
Another of Leonor’s challenges is whether in the future she will be able to marry for love or with whomever she wants, as the series reveals.
Perhaps Leonor’s greatest challenge is to fight against the detachment and rejection of today’s society to the institution of the monarchy and how this is growing more and more. Iñaki Gabilondo ends with:
“I don’t know what horizon awaits the monarchy, but it is unlikely that if anything harms them it will not be related to the monarchy itself, but to the wear and tear it is already dragging”.