PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Princess Irina, the daughter of the last king of Romania, was hobnobbing two years ago with European royalty in Bucharest to celebrate the 90th birthday of her regal father.
On Friday afternoon, she and her husband — a former sheriff's deputy— are due to appear in court to face charges of running a cockfighting business at their Oregon ranch.
Government prosecutors say Irina and John Walker staged at least 10 derbies in which blades were attached to the birds' legs.
Angelica Kreuger, Princess Irina's daughter from a previous marriage, says her mother loves animals and would never watch a chicken die in a fight.
The 60-year-old princess could spend years in prison if she's convicted of operating an illegal gambling business and violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.