A British investigative report has revealed that a British royal was offering fake investors access to the Kremlin. Dubbed “Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia,” Prince Michael of Kent, 78, was reportedly doing so for personal gain. The story went public by British media after reporters set the Queen’s cousin up with fake investors.
Prince Michael of Kent using royal status for gain
In the report by British media, Prince Michael stands accused of using his royal status for personal gain. Queen Elizabeth’s cousin was allegedly doing so while seeking favors from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The British royal has reportedly denied the claims. However, he is the latest royal to come under public scrutiny. Prince Andrew was previously came under fire for reportedly spending time on Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious island. More recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle raised the royal dust with their March bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Deteriorating relations between the UK and Russia
The investigative report relating to Prince Michael comes at a time of deteriorating relations between the UK and Russia.
The investigative report was run by Channel 4’s Dispatches show and the weekly Sunday Times newspaper. Investigators set up a fake South Korean gold company – House of Haedong – where reporters posed as investors seeking to extend their business in Russia.
According to the report, Simon Reading, the Marquess of Reading, is the prince’s business partner. He described the British royal as Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia. For a price of $14,000 a day, the royal would make “confidential” representations to Putin on behalf of the House of Haedong.
Opening the door for the House of Haedong
Reading explained they were talking “relatively discreetly.” This is due to the fact that they wouldn’t want the world to know that Prince Michael is seeing Putin purely for business reasons. Reading explained that if Prince Michael was representing the House of Haedong, this could be mentioned to Putin. Following this, the Russian president would find the right person interested in South Korea or gold. According to Reading, this merely opens the door, which he claims is so helpful.
Allegedly, Prince Michael also told the investigating reporters via a Zoom call that he could give their company his royal endorsement. This would involve a recorded speech at a charge of $200,000, with the British royal’s Kensington Palace home as a backdrop.
About Prince Michael of Kent
The prince and his wife, Princess Michael of Kent, are not working members of the royal family. However, they have, reportedly, represented the Queen in the past.
As noted on the Royal Family website, Prince Michael is connected to Russia through his maternal grandmother and has a strong interest in the country. Reportedly, he became the first member of the Royal Family to learn Russian, which ultimately qualified him as a Russian interpreter.
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