The Provincial Court in Sevilla last week backed a lower court ruling that ordered writer Santiago Arrizu to pay €90,000 in compensation to Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the Duchess of Alba, for violating her rights to “honour and privacy”. In his biography of Antonio El Bailarín, the author implies that the flamenco dancer had an affair with the duchess. The same court ordered the now discontinued TV show “Aqui hay tomate” to pay the duchess €90,000 for “seriously violating her rights”. The duchess is one of the biggest landowners in Europe and has more titles than any other noble in the world – eight as a duchess, 15 as a marquis, 19 as a countess and she is 20 times a Grandee of Spain.


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