Spain’s royal family turned out in force to support the family of Princess Letizia at the funeral of her younger sister Erika Ortiz. The 31-year-old was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday. Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia greeted King Juan Carlos, his daughters and their husbands with warm hugs at the door of the crematorium. The only absentee was Queen Sofia who is still on her way back to Spain after cutting short a visit to Indonesia.
Despite pleas for restraint from the Ortiz family and the Royal Household, the Spanish media is full of speculation about Erika’s life. No cause of death has yet been announced, but several papers claim that she did not fall victim to natural causes. It also reported she was found alone by her boyfriend after suffering from deep depression over the last few months.