Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth The first relative said in a secret press conference on Sunday that he had “no special relationship” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, following which he and a close friend “secretly traded their contacts” with Putin for profit.
The report focuses on the secret recordings of a zoom meeting involving Prince Michael, his friend and business partner Simon Isaacs – titled ‘Marquess of Reading’ – and two secret journalists posing as executives of a fake South Korean company investing in gold.
Investigation The Sunday Times of England And Channel 4 does not accuse Prince Michael or Isaacs of taking part in any illegal activity.
According to the Sunday Times, their secret correspondents said in a letter that the fictitious South Korean company “wanted to appoint a king to market its investment service” and that it had “planned to set up a Moscow office and hire the prince as a consultant to use its ‘best contacts’ in Russia.”
“I traveled extensively around Russia for a number of reasons, but mainly in business,” Prince told Zoom in a call to secret journalists, clips of which were published by The Sunday Times.
Prince Michael’s relations with Russia
Prince Michael was the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and appeared with him frequently during royal affairs. His maternal and paternal grandparents were the first cousins Tsar Nicholas II His website states that he has been visiting Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992.
“Prince Michael has long established business, charitable and cultural ties with Russia and is proud of all the work he has done for UK-Russia trade,” his spokesman said.
He speaks the Russian language, is the host of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, and in 2009 “issued a friendly order from President (Dmitry) Medvedev, one of Russia’s highest commanders, for his work on Anglo-Russo relations,” his website said.
In the same video released by The Sunday Times of Zoom call with secret reporters, Prince Michael leaves the call, but Isaacs continues the meeting, apparently promising access to it President Vladimir Putin And his allies.
Mentioning the name of the pseudo-South Korean company, Isaacs says in the video: “If (Prince Michael) represents the Haitong mansion, he may mention that Putin and Putin will find the right person interested or interested in South Korea. In gold. It opens the door, you know, it’s very helpful. “
Prince has ‘no special relationship’ with Putin
A spokesman for the prince said in a statement: “Prince Michael has no special relationship with President Putin. They last met in 2003 and have had no contact with him or his office since.”
“Lord Reading was a good friend who made recommendations that Prince Michael did not like, or could not fulfill,” the spokesman added.
In the Zoom call after the prince leaves the meeting, Isaacs continues, in Russia, the prince is seen as “not considered political” and “Russia’s friend”.
He says Prince Michael is highly respected for his “royal family tradition” and “is generally regarded as an unofficial ambassador to Russia.”
A spokesman for Prince Michael said in a statement on Sunday that he had never been represented. Buckingham Palace, “In Russia or elsewhere.”
“Prince Michael receives no public funding and earns his own living through a consulting firm he has run for more than 40 years. He pays market rent and fees for their home in the Royal Highness Kensington Palace.”
In a statement to The Sunday Times, Marquez of Reading said, “I made a mistake, exaggerated, and I really apologize for that.”