The biggest royal scandals around the world
Princess Cristina of Spain and Inaki Urdangarin announce divorce amid rumors of his affair
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One of the few universal truths is that you can’t choose your family. That’s a hard cross to bear for the royals when a few wild family members don’t play by the rules. Many princes and princesses, and even kings and queens, have indeed rebelled against their duties or abused their powers.
Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, have announced their separation after 24 years of marriage. This comes as little surprise after photos of Urdangarin holding hands with another woman were released in a Spanish tabloid. When asked to comment on whether or not he was having an affair, he seemed to confirm the rumors: “These things happen… It is a difficulty that we will manage with the utmost tranquillity and together as we have always done.” A week later, he and Princess Cristina released a joint statement announcing their divorce.
This wasn't the first scandal that the royal couple endured during their marriage. In 2018, Urdangarin was found guilty of embezzlement, influence-peddling, and tax fraud via his non-profit organization. He was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison, but was given permission to move to a more flexible program that allowed day release in 2021. He is currently still serving his sentence amid the controversy of his affair and divorce from the Princess.
Let’s take a look at a few more royals around the world who broke the mystique and showed that they’re just as flawed as anyone else–if not more so! Click through the gallery to get started.