Apparent spat between Letizia and Sofia attracts attention

Queen Letizia with back to a camera outside Palma cathedral.
Queen Letizia with back to a camera outside Palma cathedral. / R. C.
  • The Queen appears to prevent her mother-in-law from having a photo taken with her granddaughters

What should have been an idyllic family portrait after Easter Sunday mass at Palma de Mallorca's cathedral has turned into a public relations headache for the Royal Family. A short video clip emerged of a supposed disagreement between Queen Letizia, wife of King Felipe, and his mother, Queen Sofia, over a pose for a photograph. The video clip was taken just before the family emerged in front of waiting crowds.

Queen Sofia appears to beckon a photographer to take a photo of her with her arms around Letizia's two children, however the girls' mother seems to stand in front of the three to prevent it. With King Emeritus Juan Carlos looking on, King Felipe intervenes, with lip-reading experts claiming he says to his wife, “Please, let it go.”

The significance of the tense moment was magnified when Marie-Chantal, the wife of the King's cousin and part of the Greek royal family, took to Twitter to say that Letizia had “shown her true colours”. The story has also been picked up by international media. Letizia, a former journalist, is known for her strong concern over her children's image and privacy.