King Strips Sister Of Title

King Felipe last week stripped his sister Infanta Cristina of her Duchess of Palma title because of the corruption scandal embroiling her and her husband.

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King Felipe arriving at the Royal Cavalry Armory in Seville. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Juan Carlos made infanta Cristina a duchess when she married Iñaki Urdangarin. But authorities accuse Urdangarin of using a non-profit company for personal gain. And the Infanta has stood by her husband.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Royal Household under Don Juan Carlos had already stripped the couple of royal duties and had urged Infanta Cristina to renounce her dynastic rights. She has refused.

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Infanta Cristina and her husband.

Events have moved fast. Infanta Cristina was in Spain recently with the rest of her family for Prince Kardam’s funeral.

King Juan Carlos during an international business promotion meeting in Madrid.  © Casa de S.M. el Rey
King Juan Carlos during an international business promotion meeting in Madrid.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey

However, now the dispute is over whether the King stripped Infanta Cristina of her title or she resigned it. She sent him a letter doing so at around the same time.

Queen Sofia heading a meeting on mental health. © Casa de S.M. el Rey
Queen Sofia heading a meeting on mental health.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Infanta Cristina is now living and working in Geneva. Her mother, Queen Sofia, serves as a bridge between family members.

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