King Felipe (left) is the brother of Infanta Cristina (right, with her husband in 2019)
The sister of King Felipe VI issued a joint statement with her husband Iñaki Urdangarin in which they spoke about the state of their union. The pair said to have agreed together to “end our marriage”.
The statement, shared with Hola! magazine, read: “By mutual consent, we have decided to end our marriage.
“Our commitment to our children remains intact.
“Since it is a private decision, we ask for the utmost respect from all those around us.”
This comes only days after the publication of pictures showing Mr Urdangarin with another woman.
Inaki Urdangarin speaking to the press on January 20
Infanta Cristina pictured with her sisters-in-law in Vitoria in late December
In the snaps, released on January 19 by Spanish magazine Lecturas, he was spotted walking on a beach and holding hands with a person later identified by the Spanish press as Ainhoa Armentia, his colleague from a law firm in Vitoria, northern Spain.
On the following day, the husband of Infanta Cristina spoke about the pictures to the press waiting for him outside of his office.
He said: “Things happen and we are going to manage it in the best possible way.”
Asked about how his family was doing and how they had taken rumours of an affair, Mr Urdangarin also said: “Like a difficulty that we will manage with the utmost tranquillity and together, like always.”
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Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin on their wedding day
At the time, he avoided responding to questions concerning chances of a separation or divorce from Infanta Cristina.
Pablo Urdangarin, the second child of Mr Urdangarin and Cristina, said the issue was “personal” after he was also asked questions by the media.
Asked about the emerged pictures of his father, the 21-year-old said: “I would prefer to not say anything because it is a personal topic and such; but these things happen and we will talk about it ourselves and that’s it.”
Asked if had spoken to his father or any of his three siblings, he added: “Yes, everything is okay, truly.
“We are all tranquil, we are all going to love each other still.”
Infanta Cristina is sixth-in-line to the throne
The snaps surely came as a shock for many members of the Spanish public, in particular after husband and wife spent Christmas together.
However, sources claimed to Hola! magazine last Wednesday Infanta Cristina was not surprised by the photographs and “she already knew”.
Infanta Cristina and Mr Urdangarin tied the knot in 1997 and welcomed four children – Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene – during their marriage.
The family lived in Washington DC from 2009 to 2012 while Mr Urdangarin worked for communications giant Telefónica.
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In August 2013, Felipe’s sister moved to Geneva, in Switzerland, with her four children to take a job with the Caixa Foundation.
Her husband remained in Barcelona.
Infanta Cristina is the youngest child of former King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia.
She is sixth-in-line to the Spanish throne, standing behind King Felipe’s daughters Leonor and Sofia.
Inaki Urdangarin was asked questions by members of the press waiting for him outside his workplace
Cristina is also preceded by her sister Infanta Elena and her two children Felipe Juan Froilan and Victoria Federica.
While his sister deals with family issues, King Felipe is carrying on with his duty as a sovereign.
This week, he is visiting Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, to mark the fifth centennial of its capital city, San Juan.