There is a woman named Cristina in Iñaki Urdangarin's life and she is not his wife. They are Cristina Borbón-Dos Sicilias, first-born of the cousin and confidant of King Juan Carlos, the late Infante Don Carlos, to whom the palace of La Zarzuela always granted outstanding treatment, and Ana de Orleans. Since childhood, Felipe VI and his sisters grew up with their first cousins the Grecia, the Gómez-Acebo, the Zurita and, although more distant in kinship, with the Bourbon-Two Sicilies since their parents always considered each other as brothers. Since that time, a very close bond was created which in Cristina's case was reinforced when she married Pedro López-Quesada in 1994, a discreet businessman who soon gained the trust of the entire royal family and, especially, of Don Felipe. These days Cristina Borbón-Dos Sicilias has been seen shopping through the streets of Madrid with Iñaki Urdangarin, who has found in her the support she needs now that she has gained hours of freedom thanks to the new prison regime she enjoys.
The Infanta Elena and Cristina Borbón-Dos Sicilias are the people with whom Urdangarin most relates when he is in Madrid. His wife, the Infanta Cristina, remains in Geneva with her daughter Irene and every time she comes to Spain she must comply with a 10-day quarantine upon returning to Switzerland, so her trips are not as frequent as she would like.
The support of the Infanta Elena was to be expected and well known, not so much that of her cousin. Cristina Borbón-Dos Sicilias and her husband are among the few people who have managed to maintain their relationships with all the members of the King's family intact after the tsunami that caused the outbreak of the Nóos case. The couple supported the Urdangarins at all times without losing their relationship with Don Felipe and Doña Letizia. The so-called cordon that La Zarzuela designed to protect the Kings did not affect them.
It is common to see López-Quesada sharing leisure time with King Felipe. He has been one of his close friends for years, so much so that he was in charge of organizing the bachelor party for him before his wedding with Letizia Ortiz. His daughter Cristina was part of the nuptial procession of the link of the then Princes of Asturias and later López-Quesada acted as godfather to Irene, Urdangarin's youngest daughter and Infanta Cristina. The treatment is so familiar that Cristina Borbón-Dos Sicilias was one of the people who cared for the four Urdangarin children during the time of the trial for the Nóos case held in Palma de Mallorca. The name of López-Quesada appeared during the investigation by some emails that he came across with the then Duke of Palma of a family nature in which he made fun of one of his brothers-in-law. Markos Nomikos, Greek shipowner married to Victoria Borbón-Dos Sicilias. There was a time when Don Felipe became related to Victoria, something that was quickly denied since it was explained that he always considered her a kind of sister to him.
Queen Letizia, who is very severe when it comes to cut off relationships, he has also maintained contact with the couple and especially with Cristina. Both have been seen together and in the company of other friends at some pop music concerts or sharing other moments of leisure. PP Cristina, 54, is the oldest of five siblings. They are followed by Paloma, married to Archduke Simeon of Habsburg-Lorraine and living in Liechtenstein with their five children; Pedro, current Duke of Calabria, pretender to the throne of the Two Sicilies, married to Sofía Landaluce and father of seven children; Inés, married to the Italian aristocrat Michelli Caroli and mother of two children; and Victoria, who lives in Greece with her husband, Markos Nomikos, and their three children.
Infante Carlos occupied the first position in the line of succession to the Spanish crown after the descendants of King Juan Carlos I since the infantas, Pilar and Margarita, renounced their succession rights to marry people who did not belong to any royal family, as prescribed by the Pragmatic Sanction of King Carlos III that regulated the marriages of the Spanish Royal House.
They are their children, Cristina and Pedro , who are in charge of managing family assets. Pedro Borbón-Dos Sicilias, who has inherited the title of Count of Calabria from his father, is a Civil Engineer and has his largest occupation on the La Toledana estate, in Retuerta del Bullaque (Ciudad Real) of 2,500 hectares. The property of great hunting and agricultural wealth has been a weekend destination for both the King and the Urdangarin, although, yes, separately.