Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Infanta Cristina: moving to Switzerland

The Spanish news agency EFE is reporting that Infanta Cristina of Spain and her four children are moving to Geneva, Switzerland. 

Cristina, 48, is the second of three children of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. 

The report states that Cristina's husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, will not be joining him.  He is under investigation in a corruption scandal.

The Infanta is expected to undertake new a job with the Caixa Foundation in Geneva. She will be coordinating Caixa's  programs with UN agencies.  She also has been asked to "foster new collaborative programs with social and cultural Aga Khan Development Network," which is based in Geneva.Her husband will remain in Barcelona, and, according to EFE, will make regular visits to his family in Switzerland.

Cristina and her children are expected to move to Geneva in late August.

The couple's four children, Juan Valentin, Pablos Nicolas, Miguel and Irene, will attend school in Geneva.  This is the third move for the Infanta. In 2009, the family lived in Bethesda, Maryland, as Iñaki worked for the Spanish telecommunications  firm, Telefonica, in Washington, D,C.  After three years, the family returned to Barcelona.  Due to Iñaki's involvement in the Noos scandal, he quit his job with Telefonica. 

Urdangarin, 45, is suspected of embezzling funds from a non-profit foundation, but he has not been charged with any crime.

This news came one day after a Barcelona judge lifted the ban on the media to "disseminate" Urdangarin's personal emails.  He had asked to keep the mails private because he believed the media would publish "intimate personal and family issues." 

earlier this year,  Iñaki had accepted a position as an assistant coach for Qatar's handball team.  He had been offered by job by his former coach, Valero Rivera.  But due to problems with Qatar authorities,  Iñaki had to give up the opportunity. 

The couple's home in Barcelona has been for sale for several months.

The report is based on "well-informed sources" close to the Spanish royal family.

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