Papa Iglesias lays down the law – and Julio goes back to school

Papa Iglesias lays down the law – and Julio goes back to school
Papa Iglesias has long harboured a distinctly Latin shame that his son was a failure, because he never got a university degree.

Julio junior, 57, was a college drop-out. Given the option of making millions of dollars by selling records to swooning housewives across five continents – and becoming a global sex symbol along the way – he, perhaps understandably, decided not to complete his law degree.

This is not to say that young Julio, who comes from a well-off family and started his working life as a goalkeeper for Real Madrid, was not up to it. Had he not crooned he would have followed other family members into the diplomatic service. His cousin was Spain’s ambassador to London for nearly 20 years.

Papa Iglesias lays down the law - and Julio goes back to school

Now Papa Iglesias has had his way. In recent years his grumbling had reached fever pitch. After all, he reminded Julio junior, he had passed all his law exams but one. Surely, 35 years later, it was time for a retake of the final exam?

Julio is a dutiful son. Papa Iglesias has done a lot for him. He even spent 19 days in a makeshift jail as a kidnap victim of the armed Basque separatist group Eta in 1982 before being liberated by police.

Earlier this year Julio went back to his books. “I did it for my father,” he admitted. “Four or five years ago he started asking me if I was not ashamed about never having finished.”

Late night swotting and exam nerves replaced his normal pursuit of the good life. On this occasion, he knew, his permanent tan, perfect teeth, gold jewellery and white linen suits were not going to impress anybody.

A verbal examination in front of three professors was carried out at Complutense University in Madrid, in June. Julio passed with an “excellent”.

“It was very serious and austere. I think they were generous with the mark though,” he told the Spanish El Mundo newspaper yesterday.

“There was no favouritism shown at all,” the university insisted as it welcomed its latest law graduate. Iglesias junior, however, is not preparing for a career change. He writes most of his international contracts, he has revealed, but the law is not for him. “I am not about to start working as a lawyer now,” he said. Papa Iglesias, however, is beaming with pride.

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