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Spain’s Infanta Cristina to Divorce From Her Jail Husband After He Was Pictured With Another Woman

Infanta Cristina of Spain has announced that she and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin are separating, days after he was caught with another woman.

The couple shared the news today in a statement to the Spanish state news agency, asking the public to respect their privacy and that they would always be there to support their four children: Juan, 22, Pablo, 21, Miguel, 19 and Irene, 16 .

The news comes less than a week after disgraced businessman Urdangarin, 54, was pictured holding hands with another woman, reportedly an unnamed associate at the law firm Imaz & Asociados, in a photo published by Spanish magazine. lectures.

Urdangarin married Infanta Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, in 1997. In 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering of more than £4.5 million through his non-profit organization, the Noos Institute.

Last year, he was allowed to move to the Spanish grade 3 prison regime, meaning he only has to report to prison once a week.

King Felipe VI's sister Infanta Cristina of Spain, 54, has departed, and her husband of 25 years Iñaki Urdangarin, 54, have announced their split (pictured together in 2019 in Vitoria)

King Felipe VI’s sister Infanta Cristina of Spain, 54, has departed, and her husband of 25 years Iñaki Urdangarin, 54, have announced their split (pictured together in 2019 in Vitoria)

In their statement to EFE, the couple asked for “respect” for a private decision “to end our marital relationship by mutual consent.”

They added that their commitment to their four children remains “intact,” the agency said.

Last week, photos of Urdangarin with another woman sent shockwaves across Europe.

Speaking with the hello magazine, the former athletes said the family would handle the situation “with the utmost calm and together as always.”

Last week, the Spanish magazine Lecturas shared a photo of Urdangarin holding hands with another woman.  But sources told Hola!  the snap hadn't come as a shock to King Felipe VI's sister

Last week, the Spanish magazine Lecturas shared a photo of Urdangarin holding hands with another woman.  But sources told Hola!  the snap hadn't come as a shock to King Felipe VI's sister

Last week, the Spanish magazine Lecturas shared a photo of Urdangarin holding hands with another woman. But sources told Hola! the snap hadn’t come as a shock to King Felipe VI’s sister

The couple had a fairytale wedding at the Barcelona Cathedral of Saint Eulalia in October 1997, but announced today that their love story is over

The couple had a fairytale wedding at the Barcelona Cathedral of Saint Eulalia in October 1997, but announced today that their love story is over

The couple had a fairytale wedding at the Barcelona Cathedral of Saint Eulalia in October 1997, but announced today that their love story is over

Although the photos came as a shock to the general public, sources said Hello! that Infanta Cristina wasn’t surprised by the click and “already knew” about the relationship – although husband and wife did spend Christmas together.

Lecturas reported that Urdangarin and the woman were photographed in France while Cristina was in Switzerland with their children.

Arriving at his workplace in Vitoria last week, Urdangarin told the local press: “Things are happening and we are going to sort it out in the best possible way.

‘We’re going to make it [the situation] with the greatest composure and together, as always,’ he added.

Cristina and Urdangarin were stripped of their royal titles in 2015 after he was charged with embezzlement and money laundering through his non-profit organization the Noos Institute (pictured at a royal event in 2010, before Urdangarin's legal troubles)

Cristina and Urdangarin were stripped of their royal titles in 2015 after he was charged with embezzlement and money laundering through his non-profit organization the Noos Institute (pictured at a royal event in 2010, before Urdangarin's legal troubles)

Cristina and Urdangarin were stripped of their royal titles in 2015 after he was charged with embezzlement and money laundering through his non-profit organization the Noos Institute (pictured at a royal event in 2010, before Urdangarin’s legal troubles)

The couple said they are both committed to supporting the four children they share.  Pictured with their sons Pablo, Miguel and Juan at Urdangarin's father's funeral in 2012

The couple said they are both committed to supporting the four children they share.  Pictured with their sons Pablo, Miguel and Juan at Urdangarin's father's funeral in 2012

The couple said they are both committed to supporting the four children they share. Pictured with their sons Pablo, Miguel and Juan at Urdangarin’s father’s funeral in 2012

Meanwhile, the couple’s second child, Pablo, 21, who plays handball for FC Barcelona, ​​said: ‘We are all going to love each other equally.’

Cristina’s marriage to Urdangarin has seen some ups and downs over the past decade following the investigation into fraud claims that led to his conviction.

In 2011, Urdangarin was accused of diverting public funds through the Nóos Institute, and the nonprofit was investigated by the Spanish Anti-Corruption Office.

The couple with their sons Juan, a security guard and their son Miguel during a family outing in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2019

The couple with their sons Juan, a security guard and their son Miguel during a family outing in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2019

The couple with their sons Juan, a security guard and their son Miguel during a family outing in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2019

Urdangarin and Infanta Cristina with their children Pablo, Miguel and Irene (second from right) on Christmas Day 2019

Urdangarin and Infanta Cristina with their children Pablo, Miguel and Irene (second from right) on Christmas Day 2019

Urdangarin and Infanta Cristina with their children Pablo, Miguel and Irene (second from right) on Christmas Day 2019

In December 2011, the Anti-Corruption Bureau confirmed that Urdangarin had sent significant sums of public money to accounts in Belize and the UK.

In early 2012, he appeared twice before judges to discuss these corruption charges.

In June 2016, after five years of investigation, a prosecutor demanded that Urdangarin be sentenced to 19 years in prison and a €980,000 fine.

He was sentenced in February 2017 to six years and three months in prison and a €512,000 fine, but appealed the verdict.

Urdangarin works at the law firm Imaz & Asociados in Vitoria, while Cristina lives in Geneva with their four children, including Miguel, who left

Urdangarin works at the law firm Imaz & Asociados in Vitoria, while Cristina lives in Geneva with their four children, including Miguel, who left

Urdangarin works at the law firm Imaz & Asociados in Vitoria, while Cristina lives in Geneva with their four children, including Miguel, who left

In 2018, the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced him to five years and ten months in prison, and he turned himself in to Brevia Prison in Avila.

In 2020, however, he was allowed to transition to the grade 3 regime, meaning he regained his freedom of movement and only had to report to prison once a week.

In an effort to distance themselves from these corruption claims, the Spanish royal family has removed the section dedicated to Iñaki Urdangarin from their website.

Infanta Cristina was also investigated for corruption, but was acquitted of all charges.

In 2016, Cristina was questioned by a prosecutor as part of a historic corruption trial in Palma, where her husband was found guilty of corruption

In 2016, Cristina was questioned by a prosecutor as part of a historic corruption trial in Palma, where her husband was found guilty of corruption

In 2016, Cristina was questioned by a prosecutor as part of a historic corruption trial in Palma, where her husband was found guilty of corruption

However, her brother, King Felipe VI, stripped her of her title of Duchess of Palma in 2015.

Lectures Felipe and the now disgraced King Juan Carlos insisted that Cristina leave Urdangarin if he got into trouble with the law, but she stayed with him and eventually drifted away from her family.

However, in 2019, the publication alleged that Cristina consulted a divorce lawyer in an attempt to end her marriage to Urdangarin after it was reported that he had been having an affair with the wife of one of his marriage witnesses.

She remains sixth in the line of succession to the throne behind her older sister, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, and her two children.

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