Princess to testify in fraud probe


Spanish royal family

A Spanish princess is heading to court for a historic judicial hearing to help decide whether she and her husband illegally used funds from a company to pay for expenses, including expensive parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion.

Princess Cristina faces questioning by an investigating judge who has named her as a fraud and money laundering suspect.

A big question for Spaniards is whether she will walk about 50 paces today under the media glare to the court's side door, or drive there.

The legal troubles of King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter have seriously damaged the image of Spain's monarchy amid 26% unemployment , and outrage over political corruption and unpopular tax hikes and cutbacks to cherished government programmes.