Queen Letizia's father talks about the possibility of writing her memoirs: “I have once thought about it”

Jesus Ortizthe father of the Queen Letizia, is a discreet man who publicly stays out of what happens in the Palace with his daughter, his granddaughters and his in-laws. Like every January 6, the 74-year-old man from Oviedo received a visit from his Asturian consort in his Madrid home and Philip VI to eat the Three Kings roscón. At the end of October she was reunited with the Bourbon family at the private party held in El Pardo to mark the woman's coming of age. Princess Eleanor, after the heir to the throne swore the Constitution in the absence of her maternal and paternal grandparents in the Congress of Deputies and the Royal Palace. That meeting in El Pardo also gave rise to talk due to the alleged tensions within the family.

Due to the interest generated by his experiences with the Spanish Royal House, in an interview in Faro de Vigo has been asked about the possibility of writing his own memoirs: “I don't know. I've thought about it once. Now I think I wouldn't do it. It would only serve to fuel unnecessary morbidities”the journalist responded forcefully.

Jesús Ortiz at the confirmation of Infanta Sofía in May 2023 in Madrid

In this sense, Telma and Erika Ortiz's father also says: “I don't want to give rise to anything. There is a saying in Spanish that says: 'Whoever wants to eat fish, let his ass get wet.' Well, whoever wants to, let him work for it.”.

Jesús Ortiz sentences: “I'm not going to give anyone reasons to fill pages, opinions and hours of television and radio. I have no interest. I have more to lose than gain with those things, it's not worth it”.

Away from the media spotlight, the consort's father has given this interview on the occasion of an extensive report he has written about Baiona in Public deedmagazine of the General Council of Notaries of Spain directed by his wife, Ana Togores. Retired since the beginning of 2021, Paloma Rocasolano's ex-husband has not stopped writing articles about culture, history and travel.

The son of the missing Menchu ​​Álvarez del Valle goes back to his childhood to talk about his journalist vocation: “I think that the saying 'I loved the radio' can be applied to me, in the strictest sense. I correct: I grew up on the radio, because my mother was already working in the media when I was born. and it wasn't time for maternity leave, so it was time to feed the child at work (normally, the call center)”.

Thus, Ortiz remembers: “From a very young age I put voices to advertisements and to read plays that were recorded to be broadcast before the broadcast closing time. In short: that's where it all started. I have exciting memories of many afternoons teenagers helping my mother look for documentation or talking to the director of the station (Radio Oviedo) and the newspaper La Nueva España [del mismo grupo que FARO]Paco Arias de Velasco. At about ten years old I had already decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to everything that had to do with communication.“.

To this day, this is how she values ​​the profession that her daughter also practiced from the front page: “The journalist, especially one who works on political aspects, must be balanced. Not be on one side or the other, to put it another way. I am not on the front line of journalism now either, nor have I been in the last 25 years, except for a year and a half in Zaragoza, where I was directing a station and a television project. There is not much more to do with discretion. I simply feel more comfortable in this point of discretion. Anything is often confused with journalism. There are certain publications that neither do journalism nor are journalists. And you and I know what we're talking about,” he tells the interviewer.

Regarding his presence on opinion or comment on something that you saw and that seemed commentable to you. Period. I still use it like that. If someone responds the opposite of something you have said, I listen or I can debate with them. But the one who starts to get clumsy with different insinuations, then I block him and point the ball [risas]. And I stay so calm“.

The professional history of Jesús Ortiz

Jesús Ortiz Álvarez announced in 2021 (then he was 72 years old) that he was retiring voluntarily to dedicate more time to his family and his things and leave room for those who come after him. He was undoubtedly referring to enjoying his marriage, the second, with his wife, the journalist, more. Ana Togores; and perhaps his granddaughters Carla Vigo, Amanda, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía. A few months after announcing her retirement, in the summer, her fifth granddaughter was born, Telma Ortiz's second daughter and her first with the Irish lawyer. Robert Gavin Bonnar.

Today's grandfather Princess Eleanor At the beginning of his career, he was the one who carried the cables and microphones when the politician on duty was interviewed on Antena 3 Radio, in whose delegation in Oviedo the queen's father worked. At the end of the 80s, with the Ortiz family already settled in Madrid, the father of the family entered the company Communication Studydirected by Lalo Azcona, a journalist who presented the Newscast at the end of the 70s and was an icon of the Transition, also Asturian, converted into a highly successful businessman. The father of Lalo Azcona and Menchu ​​Álvarez del Valle They had been very close colleagues in Oviedo, and Jesús Ortiz, three years older than Lalo, was like family.

Since the announcement of engagement between Letizia Ortiz and the prince of Asturias Jesús Ortiz's professional qualifications skyrocketed. He was no longer considered just a journalist but he also became a “communication expert” as director of the training area of ​​this company, dedicated, among other objectives, to safeguarding the reputation of its clients. One of them was precisely Javier López Madrid, son-in-law of the all-powerful builder Juan Miguel Villar Mir and coincidentally Letizia Ortiz's yoga partnerthe queen's famous 'compiyogi'.

López Madrid went to Letizia's father's company when he started an offensive against the dermatologist Elisa Pinto whom he tried to present as an unbalanced person who harassed him. But Azcona and Jesús Ortiz's company did not achieve the objective desired by its client. With the passage of time, López Madrid is immersed in several judicial cases for corruption and is accused of having commissioned the former Commissioner Villarejo that intimidated the dermatologist, who was supposedly stabbed by the then police officer.