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Government support for Spanish Princess Cristina accused of tax fraud dwindles

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014 file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina arrives at the courthouse of Palma de Mallorca in Palma Mallorca, Spain. A Spanish judge on Monday Dec. 22, 2014 has ordered Princess Cristina to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud, marking the first time that a member of the countryâs royal family heads to court since the royalty was restored in 1975. The legal troubles of King Felipe VIâs sister during a four-year probe have damaged the Spanish monarchy's image. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014 file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina arrives at the courthouse of Palma de Mallorca in Palma Mallorca, Spain. A Spanish judge on Monday Dec. 22, 2014 has ordered Princess Cristina to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud, marking the first time that a member of the countryâs royal family heads to court since the royalty was restored in 1975. The legal troubles of King Felipe VIâs sister during a four-year probe have damaged the Spanish monarchy's image. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Government support for Spain's scandal-plagued Princess Cristina has waned, with its new Parliament spokesman now saying she should consider taking herself out of the line of succession after being indicted on tax fraud charges.

Rafael Hernando said in an interview published Sunday in newspaper El Mundo that "Cristina should reflect on whether she should renounce her rights of succession."

Just one week ago, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was "convinced of her innocence." But on Friday, four days after her indictment, he said: "I can't get involved."

A day earlier, Cristina's brother King Felipe said, without naming her, that public figures shouldn't "become rich" by exploiting their positions.

The succession of comments indicates an increasingly precarious position for the beleaguered royal, whose husband Inaki Urdangarin is also under investigation.

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