The decision by Judge Jose Castro to charge Princess Christina of Spain, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos, with money laundering and tax evasion has sent shockwaves through every strata of Spanish society.
After a lengthy investigation, Judge Castro believes that there is evidence that crime has been committed.
Miquel Roca, a lawyer for the princess, is not so sure: “ I am totally convinced Judge Castro has carried out his duties, but I have to disagree with the decision.”
Her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Udangarin, was earlier charged with embezzlement of six million euros among other charges, all of which he denies.
Everyone in Madrid has an opinion on the matter.
“She deserves it. If a judge has done this, it’s because he has reasons to. I don’t feel any antagonism towards this lady, I don’t know her, but she should get absolutely the same treatment as you, me and everyone else in Spain.” said one man.
“I do have a high opinion of the royal house. It doesn’t make me lose my trust in them. It makes me lose my trust in politics and the legal system we have,” said another.
Princess Christina will face her accusers on March 8, until then the future of the Spanish monarchy will be the hottest topic in the country.