British royal provides to promote entry to Vladimir Putin: Report

British royal offers to sell access to Vladimir Putin: Report - Times of India

Britain’s Prince Michael of Kent (AFP, file picture)

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, has been caught providing traders entry to the Kremlin in change for private achieve, in line with a Sunday Instances and Channel 4 investigation.
The embarassing claims come at a time of disastrous relations between London and Moscow, notably after the 2018 poisoning of a former Russian spy in England.
Prince Michael instructed undercover reporters posing as traders from South Korea in a digital assembly that for £10,000 (11,500 euros) a day he may make “confidential” representations to Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s entourage.
Channel 4’s Dispatches programme and the weekly newspaper arrange a faux South Korean gold firm – Home of Haedong.
The prince stated he may additionally give the corporate a royal endorsement in a recorded speech for $200,000 {dollars} (164,000 euros), along with his Kensington Palace dwelling as a backdrop.
In a recorded assembly with the undercover reporters, his enterprise associate Lord Studying known as the prince “Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia”.
“I feel that is sort of barely discreet, we’re speaking comparatively discreetly right here,” he reportedly stated.
“As a result of we would not need the world to know that he’s seeing Putin purely for enterprise causes, if you happen to comply with me.”
Studying had used an occasion at Kensington Palace in 2013, through which the prince was a visitor, to promote entry to Putin, the investigators stated.
The occasion additionally provided an opportunity to personally meet the Russian chief at a future date.
Prince Michael’s workplace instructed the British Press Affiliation he had no particular relations with Putin and “receives no public funding and earns his personal residing via a consultancy firm that he has run for over 40 years.
“They final met in June 2003 and Prince Michael has had no contact with him or his workplace since then.
“Lord Studying is an effective pal, who in making an attempt to assist, made options which Prince Michael wouldn’t have wished, or been ready, to fulfil.”
Studying admitted an error. “I made a mistake and over-promised and for that, I’m really regretful,” he stated.
The 78-year-old prince was adorned with Russia’s Order of Friendship in 2009 when Putin was Prime Minister.
“Royals for Rent” reveals Monday on Channel 4.


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