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British Royal Offers To Sell Access To Vladimir Putin: Report

Prince Michael’s workplace advised the British Press Association he had no particular relations with Putin.

London, United Kingdom:

Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, has been caught providing buyers entry to the Kremlin in change for private achieve, in keeping with a Sunday Times and Channel Four investigation.

The embarassing claims come at a time of disastrous relations between London and Moscow, notably after the 2018 poisoning of a former Russian spy in England.

Prince Michael advised undercover reporters posing as buyers from South Korea in a digital assembly that for 10,000 kilos (11,500 euros) a day he might make “confidential” representations to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s entourage.

Channel 4’s Dispatches programme and the weekly newspaper arrange a faux South Korean gold firm — House of Haedong.

The prince mentioned he might additionally give the corporate a royal endorsement in a recorded speech for $200,000 {dollars} (164,000 euros), along with his Kensington Palace residence as a backdrop.

In a recorded assembly with the undercover reporters, his enterprise accomplice Lord Reading referred to as the prince “Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia”.

“I think … this is kind of slightly discreet, we’re talking relatively discreetly here,” he reportedly mentioned.

“Because we wouldn’t want the world to know that he is seeing Putin purely for business reasons, if you follow me.”

Reading had used an occasion at Kensington Palace in 2013, during which the prince was a visitor, to promote entry to Putin, the investigators mentioned.

The occasion additionally supplied an opportunity to personally meet the Russian chief at a future date.

Prince Michael’s workplace advised the British Press Association he had no particular relations with Putin and “receives no public funding and earns his personal dwelling by a consultancy firm that he has run for over 40 years.

“They final met in June 2003 and Prince Michael has had no contact with him or his workplace since then.

“Lord Reading is a good friend, who in trying to help, made suggestions which Prince Michael would not have wanted, or been able, to fulfil.”

Reading admitted an error. “I made a mistake and over-promised and for that, I am truly regretful,” he mentioned.

The 78-year-old prince was adorned with Russia’s Order of Friendship in 2009 when Putin was prime minister.

“Royals for Hire” exhibits Monday on Channel 4.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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