The new, luxurious life of Princess Cristina in Switzerland

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    Spain Princess Cristina, Switzerland

    Spain Princess Cristina moved to Switzerland to escape public scrutiny over her husband’s ill dealings of public funds. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Princess Cristina, her husband Inaki Urdangarin and their four children are now enjoying their comfortable new life in Geneva (Switzerland) where they are away from the scandals surrounding the Spanish monarchy and especially the controversy around the Noos Case, which has Inaki on trial for misappropriation of public funds.

    The Urdangarin family resides in a luxurious, aristocratic six-room penthouse in Rue des Granges, where they can breathe easy far from the curiosity of the general public and the harassment of the paparazzi.

    They, of course, count on the protection of their Spanish security services along with the seclusion of the residence.

    The rent of the luxurious home, paid by La Caixa Foundation, is over $10,000 per month. Their four children attend the exclusive Ecole Internationale de la Route de Chêne , which costs around $30,000 monthly. They have already enjoyed a visit from auntie Princess Elena, who helped her sister settle in, and grandma Claire Liebaert, Inaki’s mother.

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    Spain’s Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin, Switzerland

    Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin now live in Switzerland. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Meanwhile, their luxurious villa in Barcelona is for sale for more than $13 million as listed in the portal Barcelona Rent, aimed at potential Russian buyers. According to the site, the private, multi-floor house, “is located in the tranquil and exclusive area of Barcelona – Pedralbes on a hill with a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city.

    This is a very isolated area, which allows the highest confidentiality in exceptional circumstances.” The mansion has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, a pool and an expandable parking garage for three (or more) cars. Also, each of the three floors has a living room of up to 1292 square feet.

    In their Barcelona mansion, the Urdangarin family enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege until King Juan Carlos advised the couple to stay away from Spain because Inaki’s shady businesses were about to become a public affair.

    Then, they moved to Washington, the city where they resided when the news of the scandal broke and media revealed that Inaki and his partner Diego Torres had misappropriated millions dollars in public money through their business with the Noos Institute and the Foundation for Sport, Culture and Social Integration, supposedly dedicated to developing social projects and helping children with cancer and disabilities.

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    Still, Princess Cristina wanted to return to Spain. She felt isolated and alone, but a year in Barcelona has been enough for her to understand that she and her husband have completely lost the respect and appreciation of the majority of citizens and many of their former friends and admirers.

    According to El País newspaper, the couple (who were married in Barcelona) was no longer welcome in their discrete Barcelona Tennis Club, whose members did not like the presence of journalists in the entrance or the fact that the couple chose it as a place to meet with their lawyer.

    But perhaps the main force that has driven Cristina away from her country is that her four children were bullied by some of their classmates in their former exclusive school, the Lycée Français.

    The family’s first choice was to move to Qatar, where they tried to get Inaki a contract as an assistant to the national handball coach through his friend Valero Rivera.

    But the plans fell through, reportedly because of his lack of preparation. Finally, La Caixa Foundation, where Cristina has been working for years, managed to discreetly move her and her family to the Swiss city of Geneva. There, she works as director of international relations in collaboration with the foundation of Agha Jan, a best friend to her father, King Juan Carlos.

    So far, Inaki seems to spend most of his time in Geneva and it’s been said he only plans to return to Spain occasionally to meet his legal responsibilities.

    However, the move was seen by many as a first step for a quiet divorce for the couple, after several Spanish media outlets published the emails between Inaki and his alleged lover, a married woman from Barcelona.

    Until then, no one doubted the devotion of Cristina to her husband. Now, time will tell if they stay together or go their separate ways.

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