José Luis Masegosa, Managing Director of National Heritage and a man of confidence of the president of the institution, Llanos Castellanos, has resigned from his position, which he arrived at last September, as this newspaper has learned. Masegosa accepted the position to replace Ernesto Abati García-Manso, who was dismissed by the current president eight months after being named the first president of Patrimonio Nacional. Llanos Castellanos served two weeks ago a year as head of the public body in charge of the care of property owned by the State and affected by the Crown, such as the Royal Palace, the Royal Sites or the Valley of the Fallen.
National Heritage pays through a company the maintenance of three pools of the Royal House
The presidency of National Heritage prefers not to confirm the resignation of this newspaper, despite the fact that Masegosa himself has called this morning, as sources close to the management of this newspaper assure, all the delegates of the Royal Sites. Later, at 1:00 p.m., the CEO personally communicated his decision to the four directors of the organization: Enrique Collell (administration and media), Leticia Ruiz (Royal collections), Víctor Manuel Cageao (Properties and natural environment) and Fernando Fernández-Miranda (Official and cultural events). This Tuesday the Council of Ministers will confirm the departure of Masegosa.
This year José Luis Díez also resigned as director of the Museum of Royal Collections, before the opening of the center, scheduled for 2015 and already six years late. The last forecast, before the pandemic caused by COVID-19, was to inaugurate the new center at the end of 2022. Llanos Castellanos appointed Leticia Ruiz, former head of the department of Spanish Renaissance Painting at the Prado Museum, new director of Collections Reales, whose budget is around 160 million euros. Along with Díez and Abati, four other people left: the director of administration and media, the person in charge of computer systems, the person in charge of Human Resources and Pilar de Navascués, deputy director of the Museum of Royal Collections.
José Luis Masegosa is an official of the Higher Body of Civil Administrators of the State, and before the position of which he has just resigned, he had carried out his duties as director of the technical cabinet of the General Secretariat for Territorial Coordination in the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Function. It was in this organization where he worked under the orders of Llanos Castellanos. The president of National Heritage once again trusted him when he removed Ernesto Abati García-Manso from his position as Managing Director, after two years leading the technical decisions of National Heritage, such as the management of the Basilica and the Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen.
Llanos Castellanos (Albacete, 1969) entered the body to replace Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán (Madrid, 1952), very close to the former president of the Government Mariano Rajoy. The former president of National Heritage played a decisive role in the loss of the four masterpieces in favor of the Prado Museum: The Garden of Earthly Delights, The table of deadly sins (from El Bosco), The descent (from Van der Weyden) and The lavatory (from Tinttoretto). The temporary transfer of the paintings owned by the National Heritage to the Prado, signed by Franco in 1943, was closed with a definitive delivery to the art gallery.
National Heritage is an institution dependent on the Ministry of the Presidency and Relations with the Courts that Carmen Calvo currently manages and is in charge of taking care of the historical-artistic heritage and making it available to citizens for cultural, scientific and educational purposes. It is also the body that gives “support to the Head of State for the high representation that the Constitution and the laws attribute to it.” In this regard, he has been at the center of controversy in recent months after elDiario.es revealed that Juan Carlos I has at least three camera assistants in Abu Dhabi contracted through National Heritage, which also pays the expenses derived from their service commissions.
The institution has been a mixed bag for multiple Royal Household bills: assumed the costs of the yacht Fortuna in which the emeritus king was sailing, including the 1.23 million euros of severance pay for its workers when the Crown disposed of it, or the works on the La Angorilla estate, where it was It housed the ex-mistress of the King Emeritus Corinna Larsen. In addition, about a hundred workers who perform their functions in the Royal House depend on National Heritage. Other expenses that he assumes are the maintenance of the Zarzuela, where Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their daughters live. like the one with three pools -one of them heated-.