PRINCESS Cristina will stand trial on tax fraud charges on January 11, a Spanish court announced on Tuesday, October 6. She will be the first member of the royal family to stand trial since the monarchy was restored in 1975, although there has been an earlier scandal, which may have implicated the former king.
The 50-year-old sister of King Felipe VI was charged following a four-year investigation into her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who faces charges of money-laundering and fraud. The court in Palma de Mallorca said that the couple will stand trial next year along with 16 others in the case although both have vehemently denied the charges.
Mr Urdangarin is accused of embezzling in the region of €6 million connected with public contract awards through a non-profit foundation he and a business partner set up and he faces a sentence of up to 19 years if convicted.
Having had her title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, which she received after her marriage in 1997, removed, Princess Cristina is now sixth in the line of succession to the throne and faces a maximum sentence of up to four years if convicted.