MADRID — Princess Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, is to stand trial on tax fraud charges as soon as next year, becoming the first Spanish royal to face prosecution. Prosecutors have been conducting an investigation into the affairs of Princess Cristina's husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, for four years. They have ordered Cristina, 49, Urdangarin and 15 others to stand trial in the case involving his Noos Foundation charity, the High Court of the Balearic Islands said on Monday.
Urdangarin has been charged with breach of legal duty, embezzling public funds, fraud, influence-peddling and money-laundering. Cristina is accused of two tax crimes. The princess and her husband have both denied any wrongdoing in the case. Cristina's father, Juan Carlos, abdicated the throne in June after a series of scandals, and his son Felipe has tried to modernize the monarchy. He has taken away rights and duties from his two sisters, neither of whom is now formally part of the royal family.
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