Even as the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, in which Prince Andrew is involved, is in full swing in New York, another case – financial this time – the prosecution in the United Kingdom.
An embarrassing published email exchange between the Palace of York and the Main Palace in Monaco was exposed this week by the British newspaper, Sunday mail. A dialogue which shows that Prince Andrew would have played his address book in order to help his friend, the wealthy David Rowland to open a bank in Monte-Carlo.
In one of the emails from 2009, one of Prince Albert’s collaborators addresses the Duke of York saying: “To answer your question: how difficult is it to get a banking license in Monaco in order to be able to exercise there? The Monegasque authorities do not prohibit access to the territory to foreign banks. New banks are welcome on condition that they meet the criteria of experience and honor ”.
The day after the date of receipt of the mail, Prince Andrew forwarded the same email to Jonathan Rowland, the son of his friend David Rowland, who was then the head of the Havilland bank, specifying: “Here is the response from Monaco. I plan to go there in March to see Fr. Albert so by then we can push the matter forward ”.
On March 4, 2010, the son of Queen Elizabeth II went to Monaco for a gala attended by Albert II. Note that there is no evidence to date to confirm that the two princes discussed this subject during the evening. At the material time, Andrew was still performing his duties as active member of the royal family British.
However in 2012, two years after the e-mail exchange, the bank Havilland has opened a branch on the Rocher after having bought the private bank Dexia. Among the guests of honor at the opening ceremony of Prince Andrew who had made the trip by private jet, graciously chartered for the occasion by David Rowland.
The prince of all scandals
These new revelations are added to the financial scandal who has been pursuing Prince Andrew for a few days. This is the repayment by David Rowland of a debt of more than 1.5 million pounds contracted by Prince Andrew with the Luxembourg bank Havilland.
According to the financial media Bloomberg, between 2015 and 2017, Prince Andrew borrowed around 125,000 pounds sterling every three months from Havilland bank, thus accumulating a heavy debt of nearly 1.5 million pounds. The last withdrawal made by the Duke of York in November 2017 amounts to 250,000 pounds for his “living expenses”
David Rowland’s personal fortune is estimated at 715 million euros. UN close friend of the crown, the wealthy banker was among the guests at the wedding of the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
If the case particularly shocks the British, it is in particular because the Buckingham code of conduct insist that members of the royal family should not accept donations that could make them beholden from donors to different political parties. David Rowland has donated over £ 6million to the UK Conservative Party. Once again, Prince Andrew’s escapades could harm the monarchy.
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