The Old Man and the Cockatoo
Emeritus King Juan Carlos with a giant cockatoo, as rendered by Midjourney AI.

The Old Man and the Cockatoo

Juan Carlos I, former king of Spain, is alone in a humble beach bungalow on an island off of Abu Dhabi. His best friend is a cockatoo named James.

Bradley Hope

One of the interesting puzzles about the life and times of former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, is  how he ended up on a little island off of Abu Dhabi after fleeing his country amid scandals and controversy. To catch up on that story, there's no better place than our podcast Corinna and the King.

We've been making inquiries and received some interesting color about why he traveled there, his status and why it's not as glamorous of a lifestyle as people back in Spain might imagine.

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