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Spain Charges King's Sister With Corruption
The sister of newly-crowned King Felipe VI of Spain has been formally charged in a corruption investigation.
A court in Palma de Mallorca upheld charges of tax fraud and money laundering against Cristina de Borbon and her husband, one of the last steps before a trial can begin.
Any trial will focus on the business dealings of her husband Inaki Urdangarin, who is accused of embezzling several millions of euros in public funds.
The charges against Ms de Borbon, 49, come a week after King Felipe, 46, took to the throne promising a monarchy that would be "honest and transparent".
The allegations centre on a two-year investigation into claims her husband siphoned off six million euros (£4.8m) in public money form contracts awarded to a charitable foundation.
In February an investigating judge questioned Ms de Borbon for six hours over business accounts which it was alleged showed that public money had been used to fund work on the couple's Barcelona mansion, dance lessons and Harry Potter books.
However the couple now have the opportunity to study the ruling and appeal before any trial begins. After submitting their arguments.
The judge will then decide what formal charges will be issued, however this is not likely to happen before September.
The accusations against Ms de Borbon and her husband signify a dramatic fall from grace since their wedding in 1997 in Barcelona when they were assigned the titles of Duke and Duchess of Palma.
In 2009, the couple moved from Spain to Washington, where Mr Urdangarin worked as an executive in the telecommunications industry.
The news comes weeks after Spain's King Juan Carlos abdicated to allow his Prince Felipe to take over.
Mariano Rajoy addressed Spain at the beginning of June to say there would be an amendment to the constitution so the 46-year-old Crown Prince could take the throne.
The 76-year-old king, who oversaw his country's transition from dictatorship to democracy had suffered health problems for several years.