Prosecutors Ready Urdangarin Corruption Report

Balearic Island anti-corruption prosecutors will present their findings next month related to corruption allegations against Infanta Cristina’s husband Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, according to El País.

Officials allege that the Duke and his business partner embezzled public funds through their Nóos Institute, a non-profit group.

Last month local media reported that Urdangarin had signed a new work contract with Spanish multinational Telefónica. He will receive almost 3 million euro in compensation.

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King Suffers Major Fall

King Juan Carlos suffered a significant fall today during a visit to military command facilities in Madrid.

El Pais documented the fall in a photo gallery. His Majesty only suffered minor bruising.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Juan Carlos has had some difficulty walking since his hip replacement surgery.

Constitutional Crisis? Newspaper Weighs Situation

El Pais, one of Spain’s leading newspapers and often used as a source for this blog, has published several articles analyzing the Royal Family’s situation in Spain.

Many influential politicians and business leaders, the paper says several factors are affecting the Monarchy’s popularity — King Juan Carlos’ health, his recent trip to Botswana, his son-in-law facing corruption allegations, the economy, leftist movements and the fact that many young people don’t remember the the institution’s importance in establishing democracy.

One article looks at the King’s situation, another reviews Prince Felipe’s role and another reviews the Queen’s recent actions, including only spending a few minutes visiting her husband at the hospital.

King Juan Carlos takes oath. Note the not often seen
"Tumular" Crown of Spain.

Socialist leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said he would have told the King not to go hunting in Africa. The comments come amid a debate over how much control the elected Government should have over the Monarch’s activities.

Still, despite other leftist comments against the Monarchy, the Socialist leadership is staying loyal.

Meanwhile, as planned, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia stepped in for Don Juan Carlos in giving out this year’s Cervantes prize at the University of Alcalá. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was born in Alcalá in the 1500’s.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

More Cuts in Royal Household

The Royal Household is planning cuts to protocol and personnel expenses to conform with national austerity measures, El Pais reported today.

The Spanish daily newspaper said the Household was hoping to meet or exceed the new budget’s 2 percent reduction in Royal expenses.

The King’s representatives are also in talks with ministries, which offer support, and Patrimonio Nacional, which manages royal palaces, aimed at cutting costs.

The Crown costs the Spanish state about 8 million euros a year. The King receives about 293,000 euros in salary, a significant portion paid in taxes.

La Granja Palace, Segovia