IRRIGON, Ore. — A Romanian princess and her husband are among 18 other suspects facing cockfighting charges.
Princess Irina Walker, the third daughter of Romania’s deposed King Michael, was among 18 people arrested on Thursday in connection with a cockfighting ring in Morrow County, Oregon.
The princess and her husband, John Wesley Walker, face federal charges that include operating an illegal gambling business. A grand jury indicted the 18 people in connection with ten cockfighting “derbies” that spanned more than a year, from April 2012 to May 2013. Walker and her husband are expected to appear in federal court on Friday.
The princess has no claim to the Romanian throne, as the country’s monarchy was dissolved before world war two. She is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth the second of England, with whom she shares Queen Victoria as an ancestor.