Former Spanish king Juan Carlos has been in UAE since August 3 - spokesman

Controversial aspects of his past private life came to light

  
Spain's King Juan Carlos and his son King Felipe (R) hug each other as they attend the signature ceremony of the act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Madrid, June 18, 2014. Image for illustrative purposes.

Spain's King Juan Carlos and his son King Felipe (R) hug each other as they attend the signature ceremony of the act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Madrid, June 18, 2014. Image for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Juan Medina

MADRID- Former Spanish king Juan Carlos has been in the United Arab Emirates since Aug. 3, a spokesman for the royal household said on Monday, confirming a report by state broadcaster TVE.

In a statement released on Aug. 3, Juan Carlos had said he would leave the country for an unspecified destination after controversial aspects of his past private life came to light. 

Asked on Monday whether the TVE report was correct, a spokesman for the royal household said: "That is what King Juan Carlos has told us."

(Reporting by Isla Binnie, editing by Andrei Khalip) ((isla.binnie@thomsonreuters.com; +39 06 8522 4392; Reuters Messaging: isla.binnie.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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