Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe, has formally appealed against charges of money laundering and tax fraud levied against her in court last week.
It is understood that lawyers acting on behalf of the Infanta will seek to overturn the charges put to her by the investigating judge, Jose Castro, in Mallorca last week, as reported in the Euro Weekly News.
The charges have been brought against her and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, alongside other suspects, and relate to the alleged embezzlement of millions of Euros from public funds. The prosecution has stated that Cristina knowingly benefited from the dealings.
If the case does reach court, the princess will be the first member of the royal family to be charged with a crime.
The court advised journalists today, Wednesday, via a text message which stated:”Princess Cristina’s defence has lodged an appeal with the Court of Palma.”
Princess Cristina’s lawyer, Miquel Roca, protested his client’s innocence to representatives of the media stating: “It is not a problem of optimism or pessimism; it is a question of absolute conviction of the innocence of our client.”
King Felipe VI succeeded his father, King Juan Carlos, last month after his father’s abdication; neither the princess nor her husband attended the enthronement ceremony.
This latest scandal has not helped the popularity of the royal family which is said to have fallen to an all-time low.