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Spain's Princess Cristina ordered to court in corruption probe

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Spain's Princess Cristina, shown in 2011, has been summoned to testify as a suspect in a corruption case involving her husband, a court official said Wednesday. It is a historic blow to the prestige of the royal family, including her father, King Juan Carlos.

MADRID -- A Spanish judge on Wednesday ordered Spain's Princess Cristina, King Juan Carlos's younger daughter, to testify in a corruption probe into alleged misuse of public funds by her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, a court official said.

"The judge has issued a court ruling in which he calls Cristina de Borbon y Grecia to testify on April 27," the official told Reuters, confirming earlier reports from El Pais newspaper and Cadena Ser radio.

It was not clear on what charges the princess was called to testify by Investigating Judge Jose Castro, but the unprecedented step may increase pressure on the monarch to abdicate after a series of gaffes in recent months.

Castro formally named the princess as a suspect in his investigation, El Pais reported.

Spain's Royal Palace was not immediately available to comment.

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