Spain royals freeze out duke over graft probe: reports

12th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spain's royal palace on Monday distanced itself from King Juan Carlos' son-in-law who has been embarrassed by a corruption scandal involving a company he used to run, media said.

Judges are investigating alleged corruption involving a company formerly run by Inaki Urdingarin, 43, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, who is married to the King's daughter Princess Cristina.

The duke's behaviour "does not seem exemplary" and he has agreed with the palace to be excluded from official royal activities, Spanish media quoted palace spokesman Rafael Spottorno as saying.

Spottorno said the duke had the right to be presumed innocent however.

The palace also promised to publish details of how it spends taxpayers' money on its website before the end of the year, the reports said, following calls for transparency at a time of heavy public spending cuts.

The palace had a budget of 8.43 million euros ($11 million) from public funds this year, according to El Pais newspaper.

© 2011 AFP

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