Prince is said to have used the palace to erase the ‘impostor’ gift

Prince Andrew He reportedly urged bankers to call his Buckingham Palace office if there were concerns about payments from an alleged fraudster.

Elman Turk assured officials examining a £750,000 “wedding gift” for Princess Beatrice in 2020 that Prince Andrew had authorized him to release the palace assistants’ details for confirmation.

The claims have emerged as the prince and his family have been named in a High Court dispute accusing Mr Turk, 35, of cheating on Nebahat Evyap Isbilen, 77, a Turkish millionaire.

Of around £40million he is said to have stolen from her, court records suggest Mr Turk made payments to the Duke totaling £1.1million and indicated Sarah Ferguson, the prince’s former wife, has relieved her of £1.3m to the tune of £225,000 (€267,000) and to Princess Eugenie of £25,000 (€30,000).

The payments came after Mr Turk and the prince were introduced in 2019 by Tarek Kaituni, a convicted Libyan arms smuggler.

Now seen transcripts of The Daily Telegraph In relation to the largest transfer of £750,000, Mr Turk and the prince agree in advance what they should say if questioned.

When asked about the “unusual nature of the transaction”, Mr Turk told Hampden Bank’s Stephen Buckland that the prince arranged the gift with Ms Isbilen. “He said if there’s any problems they can call my office as well,” Mr. Turk told the officer.

He then offered to give them a phone number of Amanda Thirsk, then Prince Andrew’s private secretary, so she could “explain” the transcripts of the call.

Mr Buckland called Ms Thirsk and she assured him the money was “a gift for the wedding, a wedding present”.

Ms Isbilen has told the High Court in London that she was told the money for the help was with her passport after fleeing Turkey and was unaware of a wedding present.

Prince Andrew declined to comment due to the ongoing court case.

Sarah Ferguson, who is still the Duchess of York, and Princess Eugenie said they were unaware of the allegations against Mr Turk, while friends of Princess Beatrice said they were unaware of the wedding present. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Prince is said to have used the palace to erase the ‘impostor’ gift

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