The Sunday Times reported that Britain’s Prince Michael, the Prince of Kent, wanted to use his royal status for personal gain and offered businesses connections in the Kremlin for a fee. The accusation, which the prince denied, comes at a time when relations between London and Moscow are tense.
The weekly newspaper and Channel 4 journalists pretended to be representatives of a South Korean front company that was interested in investing in Russia. At a meeting filmed by the media with a hidden camera, Amir Kent offered to help them as a mediator. About these services, he said about 10 thousand pounds (294 thousand crowns) a day, on condition that he deliver a speech from his home in Kensington Palace in support of the company, in exchange for a fee of 200 thousand dollars (4.2 million crowns). France Press agency).
The prince’s friend and business partner, the Marquis of Reading, described Michael as “the unofficial ambassador of Her Majesty the Queen to Russia” and a man raised above the “political turmoil” which Moscow considers a friend of Russia. According to the Marquis, the prince can also meet directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin and represent the company.
Amir Kent said in response that he last met Putin in 2003.
Michael is not considered an active member of the royal family and he is not even paid by the British Crown. He makes a living as a counselor and pays rent and fees with his wife for an apartment in Kensington Palace, where Prince William lives with his family.
However, in the pre-pandemic period, Michael represented the Queen at around 200 events annually, such as state funerals in India and Cyprus, according to the royal family’s website. The biography of the 78-year-old prince says that he has strong ties to Russia through his great-grandmother and has always shown great interest in the country as such. The site says he’s also the first member of the royal family to learn Russian, so much so that he’s a qualified translator.
Relations between London and Moscow have been strained since March 2018, when former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were poisoned in Salisbury, southern England, due to neurological paralysis. Britain suspects Russian agents are involved in the crime.
Video: The British Queen thanks the people who stayed at home
The British Queen thanks the people who stayed at home. Video: Reuters