Monday, January 24, 2022

It's Official Cristina and Iñaki announce separaration

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 HRH Infanta Cristina of Spain and her husband, former handball player, Iñaki Urgangarin have announced they have separated "by mutual agreement."

Their commitment to their four children "remains intact."  

"Since this is a private decision, we ask for the utmost respect from all those around us."   

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 The statement was released by Cristina and Iñaki and not from the press office at the Royal Palace in Madrid, as Cristina is no longer a member of the Royal House, but she and her children remain members of King Felipe VI's family. 

Cristina lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and works for the Caixa Foundation 

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The couple was married in Barcelona on October 4, 1997.

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It is understood that this announcement was prompted by photographs of Iñaki and Ainhoa Armentia, a co-worker at the Imaz & Ascocidos law firm in Vitoria.

Infanta Cristina's older sister, Infanta Elena, and her husband, Don Jaime de Marichilar were divorced in December 2009.


Clara said...

Dear Marlene,
Cristina doesn't work for "La Caixa" since 2019. Now, she is working solely for the Aga Khan Foundation.
It has been said those days in the media, to my surprise, that Elena and Jaime are not actually divorced, just separated.
In Spain, divorce and separation have the same legal effects, are technically the same, except of course that divorced couples can remarry, and the separated ones, not. The Catholic Church allows separation.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Clara, she is still listed as the Director of the International Area
H.R.H. Infanta Cristina of Spain for Caixa. She is also involved with the AK group. Elena and Jaime were separated for 2 years but did get a civil divorce in December 2009. Neither can remarry in the church, but there is nothing stopping a civil marriage (or an annulment). The Catholic church holds little sway these days in Spain. More than 60% of marriages in Spain end in divorce. The church has no real power in Spain anymore.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Clara, Elena's divorce appeared in the Civil register for the royal family on 1/20/2010