Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has reportedly travelled to the United Arab Emirates after leaving his home country amid a corruption investigation.
A photograph published by Spanish media group NIUS appears to show the ex-monarch arriving in Abu Dhabi.
Juan Carlos made the shock announcement on Monday that he was leaving Spain.
The former king denies any wrongdoing and has said he would be available if prosecutors needed to interview him.
His departure has sparked a huge debate in Spain about the monarchy and intense speculation about where the former king has gone.
Local reports said he had travelled to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean or to Spain’s neighbour, Portugal.
But there are now reports Juan Carlos is occupying an entire floor at Abu Dhabi’s five-star Emirates Palace hotel. The former king was reportedly close with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
As yet however his location remains unconfirmed. Spain’s royal family and government have so far declined to comment on his whereabouts.
Why did Juan Carlos leave?
Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 after close to 40 years in power and handed power to his son Felipe.
His decision to give up the throne came after a corrupt