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Spain royals freeze out duke over graft probe

Spain’s royal palace on Monday distanced itself from King Juan Carlos’ son-in-law who has been linked to a corruption scandal, in a rare embarrassment for the popular monarchy, media said. Judges are investigating alleged corruption involving a company formerly run by Inaki Urdingarin, 43, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca — the first major scandal ever to hit a member of the royal family.
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 the palace spokesman Rafael Spottorno as saying. Spottorno said the duke, who has not admitted any wrongdoing, had the right to be presumed innocent.
Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player, on Saturday issued a statement saying he regretted the harm the scandal was doing to the royal family’s image and insisted the palace had nothing to do with his private activities.

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