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Fake TIME cover of princess goes viral

Published: 10 Jan 2014 10:19 GMT+01:00

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.

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.

Alex Dunham/The Local/AFP (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

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