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In this Nov. 2, 2005 file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina, left waves beside her husband Inaki Urdangarin from a car in Madrid, Spain. In an unprecedented court appearance on Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 for a direct descendent of a Spanish king, Princess Cristina will answer questions from a judge who has formally named her as a fraud and money laundering suspect. The case is a direct offshoot of one led by the same judge in an investigation of her husband Inaki Urdangarin for allegedly using his position as the Duke of Palma to embezzle public contracts via the Noos Institute, a supposedly nonprofit foundation he set up that channeled money to other businesses. Spain s royal family just wants the case that has now dragged on for years to end rapidly so the monarchy can try to rebuild the trust it once had.
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain—A Spanish princess is heading to court for a historic judicial hearing to help determine 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 Saturday under the media glare to the court's side door in the equivalent of a "perp walk"—or drive there.

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