AFP: Spain royals freeze out duke over graft probe

Spain’s royal palace on Monday froze King Juan Carlos’s son-in-law out of its official activities over a corruption scandal that has caused a rare embarrassment for the monarchy, media reports said.

Judges are investigating alleged corruption involving a company formerly run by Inaki Urdangarin, 43, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca — the first major scandal to hit a member of Juan Carlos’s family.

The duke’s behaviour “does not seem exemplary” and he has agreed with the palace to be excluded from official royal activities, Spanish media quoted Rafael Spottorno, the head of the king’s household, as saying.

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