King Juan Carlos’ ex-lover is selling her secluded £15m mansion in the heart of Shropshire

The former mistress of King Juan Carlos of Spain is selling her Shropshire mansion after telling friends she fears for her safety from “shadowy forces” working for the king.

Princess Corinna zu Wittgenstein-Sayn is hoping to get up to £15m for Chyknell Hall, a Regency-era mansion set in a 200-acre shooting range which she is selling privately.

The 57-year-old businesswoman has told friends she feels unsafe at the house, which was previously broken into in a raid she believes was carried out by secret forces working for the former king, who in 2014, two years after their affair, the abdicated throne was suspended.

Ms zu Wittgenstein-Sayn is embroiled in a long-running legal battle against Juan Carlos, 85, whom she alleges has harassed her and placed her under “constant hostile” surveillance since 2012. He denies any wrongdoing.

Princess Corinna zu Wittgenstein-Sayn (pictured) is hoping to get up to £15million for Chyknell Hall

Princess Corinna zu Wittgenstein-Sayn (pictured) is hoping to get up to £15million for Chyknell Hall

Chyknell Hall is a Regency-era mansion set in 500 acres of shooting range and is being sold privately

Chyknell Hall is a Regency-era mansion set in 500 acres of shooting range and is being sold privately

Ms zu Wittgenstein-Sayn is embroiled in long-running legal action against Juan Carlos (pictured), 85, whom she accuses of harassment and has placed her under

Ms zu Wittgenstein-Sayn is embroiled in long-running legal action against Juan Carlos (pictured), 85, whom she accuses of harassment and has placed her under “continuous hostile” surveillance since 2012

A friend of the Danish businesswoman told the Mail on Sunday that she was sad to part ways with Chyknell Hall, which she bought for £6million in 2015.

The friend said: “She has transformed the property and grounds into something quite spectacular and is very popular with the local community. It’s quite sad but I understand that her molestation case in London against Juan Carlos from Spain made her wary of living in a secluded property.’

Another friend said: “She had quite a lot of English and foreign prospects, quite a lot of people. It’s not that the house isn’t safe, it’s their problems with Spain. She doesn’t leave the UK but she’s in the US a lot and she obviously has this problem [Chyknell] to be very remote.’

Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn had planned Chyknell Hall as a lifelong British base for her 20-year-old son Alexander from her second marriage to German Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, from whom she divorced in 2005.

The 57-year-old businesswoman has told friends she feels unsafe at the home, which was previously raided

The 57-year-old businesswoman has told friends she feels unsafe at the home, which was previously raided

A friend of the Danish businesswoman told the Mail on Sunday that she was sad to part ways with Chyknell Hall, which she bought for £6million in 2015

A friend of the Danish businesswoman told the Mail on Sunday that she was sad to part ways with Chyknell Hall, which she bought for £6million in 2015

The friend said:

The friend said: “She has transformed the property and grounds into something quite spectacular and is very popular with the local community

She has spent a fortune updating the 1814 listed home

She has spent a fortune updating the 1814 listed home

Prince Alexander, who is attending university in the UK, regularly hosts parties attended by wealthy and well-connected high society friends with his mother at the 11-bedroom property. But lately, friends say the invitations have dried up.

After a 2017 burglary at the site, she told this newspaper she found a perfectly cut round hole the size of a plate missing from a pane of glass in her bedroom window. Nothing else had been taken or disturbed on the property. She blamed the intrusion on “shadowy forces” acting for her former lover, the king.

Despite this, she continued to live on the property until recently. She has spent a fortune updating the 1814 listed home.

The refurbishment included an indoor-outdoor kitchen and breakfast room by top designer Isabel Bannerman. The home also features a cinema room, a neoclassical library and Nicky Haslam wallpaper in the bedrooms.

After a 2017 burglary at the site, she told this newspaper she found a perfectly cut round hole the size of a plate missing from a pane of glass in her bedroom window

After a 2017 burglary at the site, she told this newspaper she found a perfectly cut round hole the size of a plate missing from a pane of glass in her bedroom window

Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn had planned Chyknell Hall as a lifelong British base for her 20-year-old son Alexander

Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn had planned Chyknell Hall as a lifelong British base for her 20-year-old son Alexander

The refurbishment included an indoor-outdoor kitchen and breakfast room by top designer Isabel Bannerman

The refurbishment included an indoor-outdoor kitchen and breakfast room by top designer Isabel Bannerman

The home also features a cinema room, a neoclassical library and Nicky Haslam wallpaper in the bedrooms

The home also features a cinema room, a neoclassical library and Nicky Haslam wallpaper in the bedrooms

Ms zu Wittgenstein-Sayn intends to settle in New York and London, where she owns an apartment worth over £5million, bought in part with money Juan Carlos gave her during their five-year affair, which took place when he was reportedly estranged from his wife, Queen Sofia.

He gave Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn a gift of £58million in 2012 after they split but tried to reclaim it after he abdicated.

Their relationship remained secret until 2012, when it was revealed that Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn and the King were on a safari to Botswana. During the journey, the king shot an elephant.

When the voyage came to light, it caused a scandal and the king abdicated two years later.

Juan Carlos (left) had a five-year affair with Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn, which took place while he was reportedly estranged from his wife, Queen Sofia (right).

Juan Carlos (left) had a five-year affair with Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn, which took place while he was reportedly estranged from his wife, Queen Sofia (right).

Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn has taken legal action against the former king in London’s High Court. She is seeking damages and an injunction over allegations that he caused her “great emotional pain” as a result of “an ongoing and ongoing campaign of harassment.”

Last year, judges at Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled that the former king had immunity for the period leading up to his abdication in 2014.

Her claim is expected to be heard in a lawsuit next year.

A source close to the princess said: “She was horribly abused and now it’s all coming out and he won’t be able to get away with it. Juan Carlos won his immunity request for a narrow 24-month period before abdication, but it has no bearing on Frau zu Wittgenstein-Sayn’s case. The court case is progressing.’

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