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Fake TIME cover of princess goes viral

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Although the highly shared Time Magazine cover is not in fact real, the current affairs weekly has run a piece on Spain's monarchy which they've titled Bourbons Behaving Badly. Photo: Twitter
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A highly creative mock-up showing the Spanish King's youngest daughter 'imprisoned' behind the red cover letters of TIME Magazine has taken Twitter by storm.

On Tuesday, Infanta Cristina was summoned to appear in court to answer questions in a long-running fraud case involving her husband Iñaki Urdangarin.

The case, which is focused on the alleged embezzlement of at least €6 million of public funds, has hurled Cristina into the centre of a corruption scandal that has outraged the nation.

The fake TIME magazine cover, showing a downcast Princess behind the red bar-like letters of the prestigious US publication, has struck a chord with many Spaniards.

Spain's press on Wednesday hailed the news that King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter has been declared a financial fraud suspect as evidence that all are equal under the law.

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"Far from endangering the pillars of the state or the future of the monarchy, the judge's decision is a good symptom of the democratic health of a society facing severe criticism of the functioning of its institutions," Spain's leading daily El País said in an editorial.

It will be the first time in modern history that a direct relative of the Spanish king has faced court as a suspect, a fact some Spaniards have embraced after Cristina's previous court call-up was overturned.

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Although the highly shared TIME Magazine cover is not in fact real, the current affairs weekly has run a piece on Spain's monarchy which they've titled Bourbons Behaving Badly: How the Spanish Royals got into trouble.

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