Princess breaks tradition with pregnancy

Oct. 15, 2006 at 9:09 PM

MADRID, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Princess Letizia, the wife of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, has broken with tradition by revealing early that she is eight weeks pregnant.

The announcement violates the unspoken protocol among Spain's royalty and marks Letizia's most recent attempt to win over the public's hearts and break from the country's staunch traditions, said The Sunday Times of London.

The 34-year-old former TV journalist has long attempted to maintain her connection with Spain's working class, and her openness regarding her non-traditional ways have angered many of the country's "Juan Carlistas," fierce supporters of conservative King Juan Carlos.

The impending child would be the second for Letizia and her husband, who is the heir to the Spanish throne. Their daughter Leonor was born 11 months ago.

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