Spain's King Felipe VI issued the extraordinary decree, though Cristina says she is innocent

By Tim Nudd
Updated June 12, 2015 01:25 PM
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King Felipe VI of Spain has removed the title of “Duchess of Plama” from his sister, Princess Cristina, who faces criminal charges of tax evasion.

“The official journal of the state [on Friday] will publish a royal decree by which his majesty the King will revoke the use of the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca by Her Royal Highness the Infanta Cristina,” the palace said in a statement, according to the Guardian.

A spokesman for Spain s royal household said that the king had notified Cristina late Thursday of his decision to strip her of the title she received from their father, Juan Carlos I, when she married in 1997.

Cristina, 49, who is sixth in line for the throne, is set to stand trail on two counts of accessory to tax fraud. She has been implicated in a criminal scheme by her husband, former Olympic handball player, Inaki Urdangarin.

Lawyers for Cristina say she is innocent and that her husband was in charge of their financial affairs. She is the first member of the Spanish royal family to stand trial for criminal activity.

No trial date has been set.

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