The Duke of York and his ex-wife have been named in a High Court dispute by a Turkish millionaire who claims she was cheated out of almost £40million by a scammer.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson allegedly received “suspicious” payments totaling more than $1 million.
The payments to the king included a £750,000 “gift” from 76-year-old Isbilen, “who was told she would pay with a passport for help to flee political persecution in her home country,” she said The Telegraph.
A further payment of £350,000 linked to Turk was reportedly made to Andrew through a third-party account and £225,000 is said to have been remitted to his former wife, with whom the Duke is still living.
There is “no indication of any wrongdoing on their part” and Andrew has repaid the £750,000, he said Daily Mail. But there was “no explanation from the prince about the mystery” surrounding the payment “or how he became involved,” the newspaper reported, after a spokesman for Andrew declined to comment.
According to The Telegraph, the first payment to the Duke came “days after Mr. Turk won an award” on a Dragon’s Den-style project known as Pitch@Palace, created by Andrew.
In her testimony, Isbilen said, “I can only wonder if there is any connection between this event and the transfer of the Duke of York.”
Isbilen moved to the UK after her politician husband was jailed after an attempted coup in Turkey in 2015. She entrusted her $87 million (£66 million) fortune to London-based Turkish businessman Turk, who has been tasked with keeping her fortune out of the reach of her husband’s political enemies in Turkey, the court heard.
Isbilen alleges that Turk “broke fiduciary obligations that he owes her” and “makes claims in deception.”
Court documents show her attorney, Jonathan Tickner, wrote to Andrew in March last year, but the king “declined to respond to questions or make any account of his relationship with Turk,” reported The Telegraph.
“Haunted by Criticism”
The High Court dispute comes just a month later Andrew settled a civil case in the US with his sex abuse accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The Duke has denied all of Giuffre’s allegations against him.
Although Andrew hasn’t commented publicly on the cheating case, a rep for his ex-wife told The Telegraph that “the Duchess was totally unaware of the allegations” against Turk that have been made since then and was “naturally concerned about the allegations made against him.” “.
But while there was no indication of any wrongdoing by the Yorks in the recent legal scandal, they have been “haunted by criticism of their financial affairs”. the paper called. The pair have made headlines about deals including “taking money from Jeffrey Epsteinthe billionaire financier and convicted pedophile, and the sale of her former marital home for an inflated fee to the son-in-law of the autocratic former President of Kazakhstan.”
The Duke has also been accused of repeatedly exploiting his role as Britain’s trade officer for his own financial interests.
And he faced a fresh wave of criticism this week after Accompaniment of the Queen at a funeral service for the Duke of Edinburgh. Some commentators were planning the move that Kevin Maguire from the daily mirror Described as “the Queen’s cynical, needlessly offensive attempt to redeem her ‘disgraced son'”.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/956294/explained-prince-andrew-and-the-ps1m-gift-from-a-turkish-fraudster Prince Andrew and Turkish ‘cheater’ £1million ‘gift’ explained