After Spanish king’s sister, queen’s relatives suspected of fraud

This video says about itself:

5 April 2013

It was a year ago that Spanish King Juan Carlos apologised after it emerged he had been on a hunting trip in Africa while his country was in the midst of economic crisis. But the apologies were not enough to restore public opinion, as the scandal over accusations of embezzlement by the King’s son-in-law grew.

The King’s headache started years earlier in Palma de Majorca – the royal family’s traditional holiday destination. It was on the Balearic island that Iñaki Urdangarin, the husband of the king’s youngest daughter, is alleged to have signed lucrative deals through a non-profit organisation he headed. Some of the money is believed to have ended up in companies controlled by Urdangarin in offshore bank accounts. To make matters worse, his wife Princess Cristina is now also formally named as a suspect in the investigation. It’s the first time since democracy was restored in Spain that a direct member of King Carlos’ family faces preliminary charges of any kind.

As if that scandal wasn’t enough, the King has been further tarnished by another affair: Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein’s name first became public knowledge after she appeared as the mystery woman who accompanied him to Botswana on his elephant hunt. Her help did not stop at joining him on safari. She also tried, at the King’s beckoning, to find his embattled son-in-law a job. Moreover, she claims to have done secret, unpaid work for the Spanish government.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Fraud by Queen Letizia’s father”

Friday Sep 26 2014, 16:16 (Update: 26-09-14, 16:28)

It is said to be the father, aunt and grandmother of Queen Letizia

A Spanish judge suspects relatives of Queen Letizia of fraud. They are the father, aunt and grandmother of the wife of King Felipe VI.

Letizia’s aunt is said to be embroiled in a bankruptcy. She would have to pay off a debt. According to the investigating judge, the family members have been mutually juggling with possessions in order not to have to pay.

If the allegations will lead to a process, the family members may each get 2.5 years in prison. Whether it will come this far is still unclear.


The newly crowned King Felipe was just trying to whitewash the public image of the royal family. Earlier, the royal couple openly dissociated themselves from Princess Cristina, Felipe’s sister. Her husband stands accused of serious fraud.

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