Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A file photo taken on June 20, 2013 shows Spanish Princess Cristina attending a mass commemorating the centenary of the birth of Don Juan de Borbon at the chapel of the Royal Palace in Madrid . AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

A file photo taken on June 20, 2013 shows Spanish Princess Cristina attending a mass commemorating the centenary of the birth of Don Juan de Borbon at the chapel of the Royal Palace in Madrid . AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

A Spanish court summoned King Juan Carlos’ youngest daughter Cristina as a suspect over tax and money-laundering crimes Tuesday, a first for a direct relative of the monarch.

Cristina, 48, has been linked to the business affairs of her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is under investigation for alleged embezzlement of public funds.

The decision by a court in Majorca is a major blow against the prestige of the 76-year-old Spanish king, who became head of state after the death in 1975 of General Francisco Franco and helped guide the country’s transition to democracy.

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