Spanish Princess Cristina investigated in corruption scandal

April 3, 2013

Princess Cristina, the daughter of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, was named as a suspect in a corruption case Wednesday and ordered to testify in court. It is the first time in decades that a member of the Spanish royal family has been accused of wrongdoing.


Princess Cristina with husband Inaki Urdangarin, left, and her father King Juan Carlos in 2006. (Jasper Juinen/AP)

Name ring a bell? Cristina, her husband Inaki Urdangarin,and their children moved to Bethesda in 2009 because of his job with Spain’s telecom giant Telefonica. Aside from a rare sighting at the Kennedy Center, the royals kept a very low profile and moved back to Barcelona last August.

The princess, 47, has been caught up in an ongoing embezzlement scandal in Spain involving Urdangarin and a former business partner accused of siphoning millions of public money from a non-profit foundation for personal use, reports AP. Urdangarin has denied any wrongdoing, but has been removed from official royal activities and the family website. The princess was ensnared in the case after her husband’s business partner turned over emails implicating her involvement. A Spanish judge has been ordered her to testify on April 27.

The palace responded by expressing respect for the court decision but surprise for the change in position — the princess was not named as a supect by the investigating judge last year.

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Spanish royals moving to Washington

Princess Cristina at the opera

 

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