Spain’s Princess Faces Corruption Case: Role Reminiscent of ‘Blue Jasmine’

Princess Cristina SpainSpain’s Princess Cristina is being taken to court and it is not a high palace court of luxury from centuries past. It is the Spanish judicial court where the princess is being questioned in connection with “her husband’s business dealings.” It is the first time in the history of Spain’s royal family that a member has had to appear in front of the judiciary system as the subject of a criminal investigation and her role resembles that of Cate Blanchett’s character in Woody Allen’s Oscar Nominated Blue Jasmine

Princess Cristina’s husband, Inaki Urdangarin, is being sought for defrauding regional governments out of millions of Euros that was public money. Her husband has denied any wrong doing in the case, as has the Princess. Neither of them have been formally charged with the crime at this moment.

Although there are many rumors about the Princess’s involvement, her lawyer says she is innocent and knew nothing of the incident. The world media will continue to pay a close attention to the story.

The case against Princess Cristina appears to be a Spanish version of Woody Allen’s latest movie Blue Jasmine. In the film, Cate Blanchett’s character is examined for how much she knew of her husband’s fraudulent money making schemes and if her knowledge makes her complicit as a criminal. At the end of the film, Jasmine’s money has been taken from her by the government and she is left to try to sustain herself on menial tasks. Do not expect that to be the course of the future for Princess Cristina, after all that was a Hollywood movie and this situation involves a Princess.

BBC says that this will be a global story and that the world’s media will analyze all of the details in this corruption case. The original case of corruption is actually three years old in Spain and has made the front page news on an “almost daily basis.”

The royal family has admitted that this case has damaged their reputation and the credibility of all Spanish royals. In particular this case has damaged King Juan Carlos, whose popularity has drastically fallen in the last few years. The Spanish people have not taken the news lightly, there are hundreds of republican and anti-corruption protesters who have appeared outside the court to demonstrate their disapproval of the royal family’s actions.

Princess Cristina is 48 years old and the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos. She was asked to answer questions about fraud and money laundering in from of the court. The proceedings are closed to journalists and the Princess did not comment to reporters outside of the courthouse.

“She is exercising her right not to give answers that would compromise her,” her lawyer told reporters in Spain. He also said that she does not know anything and will not answer questions that implicate her or her husband.

Inaki Urdangarin was president of a “not-for-profit organization called Noos,” which received incredibly inflated sums of money to set up sporting events from the regional governments. Along with a partner, Mr. Urdgangarin received about €5.6 million, which converts to approximately $7.5 million, of the public’s money. It is also expected that Spain’s Princess used some of this money to buy personal items and pay for personal expenses.

By Nick Manai


New York Times


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