British Trade Envoy's ex-wife hit by Cash-for-Access scandal
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has been exposed in a £500,000 cash-for-access scandal by the News of the World, a Sunday Tabloid.
Her Ex husband is Prince Andrew who happens to be the British Trade Envoy, has 'denied any knowledge'. The Duchess lives at Prince Andrew's home, Royal Lodge.
According to the Express today, Buckingham Palace had refused to investigate previous claims that she had previously received fees for introducing two businessmen, which prompted the News of the World to catch the Duchess in a undercover 'sting' operation.
Now why did Buckingham Palace refuse to investigate? The Palace PR machine is out enforce although it failed to stop the video going out. Watch out for the inevitable string of denials....
The couple used to live at Sunninghill Park but what do you make of the fishy Kazakhstan connections? Here is an excerpt from Wiki:
In 2007 it was announced that Sunninghill Park had been sold for a reported £15million to an Eastern European.[ HM Land Registry records show that the house was sold for £15M - £3M over the asking price - to an offshore trust in the British Virgin Islands. Kenes Rakishev, a 29-year- old Kazakhstan businessman who calls himself a 'friend' of Prince Andrew, has admitted negotiating the deal with the help of his father-in-law Imangali Tasmagambetov, the mayor of Astana; but insists neither of them are the owner.The British tabloid press presently speculate that the most likely owner is his business partner, Timur Kulibayev, the billionaire son-in-law of the Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Republic, the British organisation, campaigning for a democratic elected Head of State as an alternative to the monarchy, has this to say:-
Republic has today called on the government to launch an investigation into Prince Andrew's role as government trade representative after it was revealed in the press that his former wife has been attempting to offer private meetings in exchange for cash.
"Even if Andrew was unaware of cash changing hands in exchange for meetings such impropriety could seriously damage Britain's reputation abroad. Yet in response to these allegations all we get is silence from the palace."
"Sarah Ferguson remains on good terms with her ex-husband. There is at least reason enough to look closely at the Andrew Windsor's role and whether there is any grounds for suspicion that he has turned a blind eye to this sort of behaviour."
"Andrew's role as trade ambassador is already highly questionable, we believe these fresh revelations are grounds for a full investigation."