Letizia's ex-brother-in-law claims he had a romance with the royal
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The Spanish Royal Family have been rocked by outlandish claims from Queen Letizia’s ex-brother-in-law that he had a relationship with the royal before he married her sister Telma – as he shared a never-before-seen image as ‘proof’ of their romance.

Jaime Del Burgo, 53, who is currently based in the UK, has recently contributed to a tell-all book about the Spanish royal, where he makes the far-fetched claim they were still romantically involved after Letizia’s 2004 wedding to King Felipe. 

The entrepreneur – who claims he was dating Letizia when she met King Felipe – shared an undated selfie the Queen, 51, took in a bathroom mirror during one of her pregnancies as ‘evidence’ of their relationship on X, formerly known as Twitter, last night.

In the selfie, the royal can be seen wearing a black pashmina – which Jaime claims belonged to him – and he also typed out a message, supposedly sent to him by the  Spanish Queen. 

It read: ‘Love. I wear your pashmina. It’s like feeling you by my side. It takes care of me.

Last night, businessman Jaime Del Burgo shared this unseen selfie of Queen Letizia with his X followers. He claimed that the royal was wearing his pashmina and said it 'took care of her'

Last night, businessman Jaime Del Burgo shared this unseen selfie of Queen Letizia with his X followers. He claimed that the royal was wearing his pashmina and said it 'took care of her'

Last night, businessman Jaime Del Burgo shared this unseen selfie of Queen Letizia with his X followers. He claimed that the royal was wearing his pashmina and said it ‘took care of her’

‘It protects me. I count the hours until we see each other again. Love you. Get out of here. Yours,’ 

After sharing the image, other X users questioned the validity of Jaime’s claims – given there is no evidence that Letizia sent him the photo or accompanying message. The businessman has since deleted his X account.

A spokesperson for the Spanish Royal Family told FEMAIL: ‘We have no comment to make about this.’ 

It comes just weeks after Jaime – who was married to Letizia’s sister Telma from 2012-2014 – made a series of shocking allegations about his relationship with the Queen in the new book ‘Letizia & I’ by journalist Jaime Peñafiel.

Speaking to El Cierre Digitial, the author, 91, said Letizia was Jaime del Burgo’s ‘great love’ and the pair’s relationship turned into a ‘great friendship’ after she became romantically involved with King Felipe.

Local media reports that Jaime – who is the son of the former politician Jaime Ignacio del Burgo – was planning to propose to Letizia when she announced that she was dating the future King in the gardens of the Ritz hotel in Madrid. 

After their engagement was announced in 2003, Letizia – who had divorced her first husband in 1999 – asked Jaime to be a witness at their wedding.

Pictured: Jaime Del Burgo and his ex-wife Telma Oritz seen in 2012 before their wedding. The couple divorced in 2014

Pictured: Jaime Del Burgo and his ex-wife Telma Oritz seen in 2012 before their wedding. The couple divorced in 2014

Pictured: Jaime Del Burgo and his ex-wife Telma Oritz seen in 2012 before their wedding. The couple divorced in 2014

King Felipe and Queen Letizia put on a united front today as they attended the Annual Meeting of the Cervantes Institute held at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez

King Felipe and Queen Letizia put on a united front today as they attended the Annual Meeting of the Cervantes Institute held at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez

King Felipe and Queen Letizia put on a united front today as they attended the Annual Meeting of the Cervantes Institute held at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez

The couple (pictured in Madrid today) married in 2004. Jaime Del Burgo claims he was going to propose to Letizia when she first told him about meeting King Felipe

The couple (pictured in Madrid today) married in 2004. Jaime Del Burgo claims he was going to propose to Letizia when she first told him about meeting King Felipe

The couple (pictured in Madrid today) married in 2004. Jaime Del Burgo claims he was going to propose to Letizia when she first told him about meeting King Felipe 

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Madrid last month. The Queen's ex-brother-in-law alleges in a new book that the royal suggested they have a baby together via a US surrogate

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Madrid last month. The Queen's ex-brother-in-law alleges in a new book that the royal suggested they have a baby together via a US surrogate

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Madrid last month. The Queen’s ex-brother-in-law alleges in a new book that the royal suggested they have a baby together via a US surrogate

In the book, Letizia’s alleged ex-lover describes Felipe as a ‘kind-hearted man’ and even goes on to say that he had a ‘great friendship’ with the royal. 

He told the author: ‘I told him my problems and he told [me] his.’

However, Jaime claims he still had a romantic relationship with Letizia even after the wedding in 2004 and says he has kept ‘photographs, videos, mobile phones’ and text messages as evidence.

The photograph Jaime shared on Twitter last night were taken during one of Letizia’s pregnancies between 2005-2007. 

In the book, Jaime claims that Letizia whispered that she loved him in 2010 when they were lying in a hammock by a pool at her home.

The author – who joked that Letizia’s alleged ex-lover should have been his co-author – wrote: ‘Lying in the same hammock, under the pool porch, facing each other, Letizia told me “I love you” and I responded “I love you”.’

Following this, Jaime alleges they ‘took steps forward with the goal of being free’ – which involved seeking legal advice and looking at properties in the US.

Queen Letizia's sister Telma Oritz with her second husband Robert Gavin at the Princess of Asturias Awards in 2019

Queen Letizia's sister Telma Oritz with her second husband Robert Gavin at the Princess of Asturias Awards in 2019

Queen Letizia’s sister Telma Oritz with her second husband Robert Gavin at the Princess of Asturias Awards in 2019

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia on their wedding day in Madrid in May 2004. Jaime Del Burgo claims he was going to propose to the newsreader until she announced she had met King Felipe

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia on their wedding day in Madrid in May 2004. Jaime Del Burgo claims he was going to propose to the newsreader until she announced she had met King Felipe

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia on their wedding day in Madrid in May 2004. Jaime Del Burgo claims he was going to propose to the newsreader until she announced she had met King Felipe

One of the most damaging claims Jaime reportedly makes is that Queen Letizia suggested they have a child together using a surrogate in Los Angeles.

However in August 2011, Jaime alleges Letizia abruptly ended their relationship when she called him and said: ‘We can’t continue seeing each other.’

The following year, he married Letizia’s younger sister Telma Oritz – who used to work in Barcelona’s City Council – and Jaime claims he was still close to Letizia and Felipe.

Author Jaime Peñafiel wrote: ‘When [Jaime del Burgo] is going to marry Telma, it is Felipe who advises him on the marriage agreements and, over the years, they have maintained a great friendship.’ 

In 2012, the pair relocated to New York to start their married life – but Telma returned to Barcelona the same year before announcing their permanent separation in 2014.  

Telma Ortiz is seen leaving the EDP Gran Via Theater after attending the 'We Choose Earth Tour' on June 22, 2023 in Madrid

Telma Ortiz is seen leaving the EDP Gran Via Theater after attending the 'We Choose Earth Tour' on June 22, 2023 in Madrid

Telma Ortiz is seen leaving the EDP Gran Via Theater after attending the ‘We Choose Earth Tour’ on June 22, 2023 in Madrid

Pictured: Queen Letizia during her time as a newsreader for Television Espanola before her wedding to King Felipe

Pictured: Queen Letizia during her time as a newsreader for Television Espanola before her wedding to King Felipe

Pictured: Queen Letizia during her time as a newsreader for Television Espanola before her wedding to King Felipe

The couple’s first attempts at divorce had been squashed by the groom’s father Jaime Ignacio del Burgo, who told a court that his son and Telma repented and wanted to give their marriage another go.

Telma has since married Irish lawyer Gavin Bonnar and the couple welcomed their first child together in October 2021. Gavin shares two children with his first wife musician Sharon Corr. 

Meanwhile, Jaime remarried Swedish lawyer Lucía Díaz Liljestrom. 

Letizia and Telma tragically lost their younger sister Erika in February 2007 when she passed away following a deliberate drug overdose. 

Queen Letizia’s younger sister was only 31 years old and left behind her six-year-old daughter Carla. 

At the time, the Spanish royal was six months pregnant with her second daughter – Princess Sofia. 

TIMELINE OF JAIME’S CLAIMS ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH SPAIN’S ROYAL FAMILY

  • 2000 – Letizia Oritz, who was a newsreader at the time, met Jaime del Burgo – the son of a politician
  • 2001 – Letizia and King Felipe meet on the site of a oil spillage. Jaime claims he was planning to propose when she told him about her new royal romance
  • 2003 – Letizia and Felipe announce engagement. 
  • 2004 – the couple marry at Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. Jaime claims he was asked to be a witness during the ceremony
  • 2005 – the couple welcome Princess Leonor
  • February 2007 – Letizia’s sister Erika suddenly passes away 
  • April 2007 – Princess Sofia is born. During one of her pregnancies, Jaime claims Letizia sends him a selfie confessing her love.
  • 2010 – the couple reportedly profess their love for one another and allegedly meet with lawyers. Jaime claims they looked at properties in the US to move to. He also claims Letizia suggested they use a surrogate in LA to have a baby
  • 2011 – Jaime claims Letizia ends their relationship over the phone
  • 2012 – Jaime marries Letizia’s sister Telma. The couple relocate to New York
  • 2014 – Telma and Jaime announce their separation  

 

This afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia put on a united front as they were pictured for the first time since Jaime’s bombshell claims at the Annual Meeting of the Cervantes Institute held at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez.

Born on September 15, 1972, in Oviedo, northern Spain, Letizia grew up in a middle-class family and attended a public school. 

While her mother, Maria Rodriguez, was a nurse, Letizia took after her father, Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez, and stepmother Ana Togores, who are both journalists, and studied communications at university in Madrid.

She then got her Masters in broadcast journalism and after a stint at Asturian daily paper, La Nueva España, she went on to work for ABC, a popular national newspaper that enjoys the third largest circulation in Spain.

Next came a stint at Spanish news agency EFE before a move to Guadalajara in Mexico saw her take on a role on local paper, Siglo 21.

Back in Spain a year later, she worked for the Spanish version of Bloomberg, a news channel and agency specialising in economics, before moving to CNN+.

Before she met Felipe of Spain, Letizia was married to high school literature teacher Alonso Guerrero Perez, who was nine years her senior.

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia with their eldest daughter Princess Leonor of Spain last month

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia with their eldest daughter Princess Leonor of Spain last month

Pictured: King Felipe and Queen Letizia with their eldest daughter Princess Leonor of Spain last month

The couple wed in 1998 following a ten-year romance, with the pair meeting when the future Spanish queen was just 16.

They tied the knot in a civil ceremony in the town of Almendralejo, Badajoz, but divorced the following year.

By the time she met her husband-to-be, Felipe, in 2002, Letizia was working for popular TV channel 24 Horas, where along with anchoring the popular Telediario 2 evening news bulletin she reported on a wide range of breaking news event.

As a news anchor, she reported live from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

She met Prince Felipe the following year – at the site of an oil spillage in Northern Spain. The year after first meeting Felipe, Letizia quit her job and a few days later their engagement was announced.

Letizia and Felipe’s marriage in Madrid in 2004 prompted an upswing in support for the royal family, and her habit of championing High Street brands like Zara proved popular. She and Felipe had two daughters, Leonor in 2005 and Sofia in 2007.

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