British royal family member Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD.
Having been born third to Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second to their son, Prince Charles, he is eighth in line to the British throne and the first in the line not to be a direct descendant of King Charles III.
Andrew, who attended a prominent academic institution, trained as a pilot with the Royal Naval College Flight. He went on to become a Royal Navy chopper pilot and later a chopper flying instructor, rising to the rank of captain in the regular navy and rear admiral in the honorary navy.
Prince Andrew served as a navy commander during the Falklands War in 1981. At the month’s conclusion in 2001, Prince Andrew officially terminated his service in the Royal Navy. The honorary captain was his rank as of July 2005.
Throughout the British armed forces, as well as the Commonwealth forces, he has held a number of positions.
The Special Representative for International Trade and Investment for the United Kingdom, a role he held until July 2011, did not prevent him from continuing to perform his other royal duties.
The Ministry of Defense now has him working in the Diplomacy Section of the Naval Staff. More than a hundred groups benefit from Prince Andrew’s involvement, including the Commonwealth Society for the Deaf, Fight for Sight, and Defeating Deafness.
He serves as patron of the British Schools Exploring Society and the Sea Cadets, and as executive chairman of the trustees of the Outward Bound Trust. He is also the chairman of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Full Stop Campaign.
Prince Andrew Payments Controversy
Demands have been made for Prince Andrew to explain the $1 million in payments he got from a financier who is now facing fraud claims in the high court.
A Turkish millionaire and the wife of a former major politician paid Andrew £750,000 in 2019. Nebahat Isbilen has alleged in the high court that her financial consultant, Selman Turk, advised her to pay the prince the money in exchange for help with a passport application.
Isbilen alleges she was scammed by Turk of up to £40 million, and she has listed Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, as well as his children, Beatrice and Eugenie, as defendants in the action. This is something Turk strongly refutes.
Details of the newest scandal to involve the Duke of York are detailed below.
2005 The former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is rumored to have met with Andrew thanks to Tarek Kaituni, a Libyan national with a weapons smuggling conviction.
Months before the duke allegedly pressured a British company on his behalf, in 2009, Beatrice celebrated her 21st birthday with a £20k diamond necklace from Kaituni.
2014 After losing his position as trade envoy, Andrew creates Pitch@Palace, a competition similar to the popular TV show Dragons’ Den in which aspiring businesspeople present their ideas to established businesspeople in a short amount of time.
October 12th, 2018 Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, a brand spokesperson, are now married. Reportedly, Kaituni was there for the wedding.
2019 May – June The story goes that at Andrew’s birthday party at Windsor Castle, Kaituni introduces Selman Turk to him.
July 2019 The Duchess of York is introduced as a Pegasus ambassador and is paid £225,000 through one of Turk’s companies.
This coming October 2019 As far as we can tell, Turk paid Eugenie a total of about £25,000 in two separate payments. There’s no way she’d admit to knowing Turk or Isbilen, she says.
November 6, 2019, St. James’s Palace hosts the yearly Pitch@Palace event. The audience votes for Turk the winner for his presentation on Heyman AI, a digital bank catering to millennials.
Sunday, November 14, 2019, Andrew’s former assistant, Amanda Thirsk, spoke with Isbilen’s bank and explained that £750k was being transferred to Andrew as a wedding gift for Beatrice. Subsequently, the Daily Mail prints the transcript.
November 15, 2019 Money totaling £750k is moved from Isbilen’s account to Andrew’s personal Coutts account. It was in exchange for Turk’s help in obtaining a passport, she said.
It has been claimed that Andrew pays Turk a visit at his South Kensington apartment on December 5 of this year.
A photograph of Turk and Kaituni from February 2020 shows them in front of a building that may be Frogmore House in Windsor Home Park.
In July of 2020, Beatrice will tie the knot with property entrepreneur Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
March 2021 Isbilen’s attorneys initiate contact with Andrew to discuss the £750k settlement. He offers no explanation but returns the money in full.
Compared to his older sibling, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew was seen as less of a thinker and more of an athlete. He had a reputation as a womanizer and was called “Randy Andy” for a long time.
The one time Andrew has been married was to Sarah Ferguson, from 1986 to 1996. The public’s attention was riveted on their union, subsequent split, and final divorce.
They welcomed twins, Princesses Beatrice Elizabeth Mary (born August 8, 1988) and Eugenie Victoria Helena.
In contrast to Princess Diana’s reported $24 million divorce settlement, Andrew was only sentenced to pay Ferguson $600,000 in cash and $900,000 to purchase a new property.
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