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More awkward explanations for the King of Spain as sisters get Covid-19 jab in UAE

File photo of Infantas Elena and Cristina.
File photo of Infantas Elena and Cristina. / SUR
  • There was embarrassment for King Felipe when it emerged that his sisters had been vaccinated on a private visit to see their self-exiled father, ex-King Juan Carlos, in Abu Dhabi

There was embarrassment for King Felipe this week when it emerged that his sisters had had a Covid-19 vaccination on a private visit to see their self-exiled father, ex-King Juan Carlos, in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Infantas Elena, 57, and Cristina, 55, issued a statement denying that it was done to jump the queue in Spain. "They offered us the chance to get a vaccine and we took it," it said, adding that both hope to visit their father regularly and they needed to have a "health passport".

However, the UAE Embassy in Madrid said that vaccination there is for citizens and residents and only a negative PCR test is needed to enter.

A Royal statement said King Felipe "isn't responsible for his sisters' actions". Although the Infantas are nowadays not referred to as part of the core Royal Family it is awkward for the King who has called for the monarchy to set an example.

There has been widespread criticism from politicians of the Infantas' vaccination.