Princess Cristina of Spain and Inaki Urdangarin are officially separating. The Spanish royals had been married for 24 years, but in the wake of a recent scandal, they have now stated that their relationship has come to an end.
Princess Cristina's husband thought to have had affair
Princess Cristina's marriage was called into question this past week after photos of Urdangarin with another woman surfaced. While he brushed off the supposed affair when questioned by reporters, saying it was something he and Cristina "will manage with the utmost tranquillity and together," it seems as though it was cause for their split.
"By mutual agreement we have decided to break off our marriage," the former couple began their joint statement, which was shared by British newspaper The Times. They also made it clear that they remain committed to their family, and requested "the utmost respect" from those around them as they privately navigate this difficult situation.
Princess Cristina, who is King Felipe's younger sister and sixth in line for the Spanish throne, shares four children with Urdangarin. The couple first welcomed their eldest son Juan in 1999, followed by younger sons Pablo and Miguel in 2000 and 2002, and daughter Irene in 2005. While they did not directly address Urdangarin's rumoured affair, their separation appears to suggest some truth to these claims.