The day Iñaki Urdangarin told the Infanta Cristina and her four children that he was with another woman

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“The baby Christina (56 years old) is calm and serene. He just wants to get on with his life, he’s been living with the news for several months now. It’s nothing new for her and only now need to get back together and move on“. So he explains it clearly to SPANISH one of the best friends of the former Duchess of Palma.

The photographs of Inaki Urdangarin (54) hand in hand with a woman who is not the older sister of Philip VI (53) have took the whole country by surprisebut not to her: “Cristina knows since after the summer. In fact, September was what she herself called the worst time of her life. The Infanta was informed by her own husband, He has not discovered now, far from it. He was the one who told her and her four children. The news footage that was released this week is just news to the country, the family has known for months“, adds the same source.

Infanta Cristina in a file image taken in January 2020.

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It seems that the daughter of Jean Charles (84) and Sofia (83) assimilated it, but not completely overcomeAnd he had already told his parents. He personally told the King Emeritus of a trip that the former Duchess of Palma made with her sister, the Infanta Helena (58), in Abu Dhabi End of novemberand Queen Sofía revealed it to her past vacation when he came to see her in Zarzuela.

She told her brother, the king, on the phone on Tuesday, but not the news that her husband had a new partner -probably Felipe VI already knew this-, but the images of Iñaki Urdangarin hand in hand with this woman were going to be published the next day. These pictures were taken on January 11, on the beach of Bidart, in the French Basque Country where the family of the former handball player has a house.

“Christine was already in Geneva, after spending a few days on vacation in Spain. And both went to spend the weekend with the Urdangarins. It is not true that they have been “caught”, the idea is that they are, since it is the best way to formalize a relationship that was already real for the whole family since after the summer”, adds the same person.

Iñaki Urdangarin in an image taken in Vitoria in March 2021.

Iñaki Urdangarin in an image taken in Vitoria in March 2021.

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“The Infanta is fine. It was a blow, maybe the worst of your life, but she stands tall like the strong woman she is. The boys are fine, they are old enough to accept what is happening. Whoever has the worst, loves all these things because it was also the one who most accused the whole issue of the Nóos caseis the third, miguel (19). He’s the most sensitive of all, but his parents, both of them, are very aware of everyone,” he concludes.

It must be remembered that the three eldest of the marriage live away from home. John (22), the eldest, is in Madrid, where he is studying commerce at the Spanish headquarters of a American University and where he enjoys the company of his cousins, Froilan (23) and Victoria Federica (twenty one). His brother, Paul Nicholas (21 years old), lives in Barcelona. Pablo becomes a national handball star who follows in his father’s footsteps at Futbol Club Barcelona.

The young man was the only one to have spoken on the subject in front of the media, assuring that “these are things that happen. We’re going to love each other the same way and we’ll talk about it among ourselves.” However, it was Urdangarin Borbón’s younger man who suffered the most from the blow. Miguel studies marine science in London. At 19, he developed a passion for marine biology, a legacy he inherited from his maternal grandmother, Sofía, and his eternal summers by the Mediterranean Sea in Palma de Mallorca.

“They met in the office. These things happen. When you’ve worked with someone for a long time and the two of them have spent many hours side by sideWell, it happens,” says a colleague of Iñaki and his new partner at law firm Vitoria, Imaz Advisors, where both work. This person works with the brother-in-law of Felipe VI and with Ainhoa ​​Armentia Acedo.

Infante Cristina walking through the streets of Geneva in June 2018.

Infante Cristina walking through the streets of Geneva in June 2018.

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“She must be a bit younger than Iñaki. She’s from here in Vitoria, is half separated, because I think he hasn’t divorced yet, and two teenagers. The two meet here every morning, although now we are half the office working from home and we come in rotation. The truth is that I don’t know if they coincide every day, ”adds the same source. This small law firm in the Basque capital was Urdangarin’s work destination. after spending almost three years in a prison in Ávilain which he is serving part of his sentence of five years and ten months for various economic crimes.

Inaki’s idea had to work there and live in the house that his mother has in the neighborhood of Mendizorroza. His wife and children visited him several times, settling with him. What no one expected was that another person would cross paths with him and end up having a relationship with her, because what he wanted was to put an end to his account with justice and return to Switzerland , where his wife lives, and resume his life.

The former Dukes of Palma in a photograph taken in February 2016.

The former Dukes of Palma in a photograph taken in February 2016.

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Meanwhile, media continue to speculate about the plans and what it means for the Kings Emeritus’ daughter. “She is calm. She already cried all she had to cry. The phase of ‘she will come back’ has already passed, because the former Duchess of Palma she was a woman in love that she has done for her husband again what no one can imagine, like putting him before her family, let no one forget this fact. His idea is to continue in Switzerland with his work and with Irène, who is the only one who continues to live at home. She has the support of many people who love her, her friends, her sister Elena (who has already divorced, although there were no third parties involved and this is a very painful point) and her cousin Alexiawho traveled to Geneva several times this fall to be with her,” the same source said.

From Zarzuela nobody comments anything. “The king’s family is a private matter which the Head of State has nothing to say”, but it seems clear that if the former Dukes of Palma de Mallorca divorce and the Infanta Cristina moves away from the one who has been her husband for more than 23 years , Palace gates can be reopened, and renew with his brother a completely broken relationship. “I don’t think she’s ready for that right now. Although I’m sure when the king found out he would have called her and gave their support. She points out that she has the full support of her family, and Felipe VI and Letizia are part of it”, says the friend of the Infanta Cristina.

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