The authors of a cartoon depicting Spain's Crown Prince Felipe having sex with his wife Princess Letzia have apologized for any offence caused to the royal family.
Cartoonists Manel Fontdevila and Guillermo Torres insisted they did not mean to insult the royal couple with their drawing - which appeared on the front page of the weekly magazine El Jueves - when they appeared before a judge on Wednesday.
The cartoon showed Felipe, 39, having sex with his 34-year-old wife, saying: "Do you realize if you get pregnant, this will be the closest to real work I've ever done?"
Torres was responsible for the drawing and Fontdevila penned the caption. The pair told Judge Juan del Olmo they were just highlighting what they see is the farcical situation of a wealthy couple receiving family aid, following the government's proposal to pay couples nearly $3,400 for each new baby born or adopted, in an effort to boost Spain's birth rate.
Last Friday, Judge Olmo ordered all copies of the magazine to be confiscated, saying the cartoon was "a clearly denigration act" to the prince and his family.
The judge also declared his part in the case was over and said he would leave it up to prosecutors to decided whether to press ahead with formal charges.
Slandering or defaming the Spanish Royal Family carries a two-year prison sentence.