Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin is being accused of using his status as a member of the royal family to sell connections to Vladimir Putin.
Reporters from The Times and Channel 4 conducted an investigation while posing undercover as investors in a fake South Korean gold company. The group of reporters published their allegations Saturday.
An undercover investigation can disclose that Prince Michael of Kent is alleged to be secretly selling his privileged access to Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime to business clients seeking favours from the Kremlin #Royalsforhirehttps://t.co/hXYNUeQQif
— The Sunday Times (@thesundaytimes) May 8, 2021
Prince Michael reportedly told the reporters that he could endorse the company using Kensington Palace as a back drop for a $200,000 fee. (RELATED: REPORT: Relative Of Queen Elizabeth II Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing A Woman At His Castle)
Prince Michael’s business partner, Simon Reading, also told the group that the Prince could be hired for roughly $14,000 a day to make representations to Putin on behalf of the South Korean gold company.
Queen Elizabeth’s cousin is accused of selling access to Putin’s inner circle. Undercover video reportedly shows Prince Michael of Kent trying to leverage his ties to the crown to sell his influence in Russia. @LamaHasan has the details. https://t.co/ixqx92ar2y pic.twitter.com/fwOZ1Oj3vB
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 10, 2021
“If he (Prince Michael) is representing the House of Haedong, he could mention that to Putin and Putin would find the right person who is interested in South Korea or interested in gold,” Reading reportedly told the outlet. “It just opens the door, you know, which is so helpful.”
Prince Michael of Kent’s office claimed the Prince “has no special relationship with President Putin,” according to The Times.
Prince Michael “earns his own living through a consultancy company that he has run for over 40 years,” a statement made to the outlet reportedly said.
“Lord Reading is a good friend, who in trying to help, made suggestions which Prince Michael would not have wanted, or been able, to fulfill,” his office allegedly said.
Prince Michael of Kent’s grandmother is his connection to Russia. The Prince is the first royal family member to learn Russian and has created a fund to benefit “heritage, culture, health and post-graduate business education in Russia,” the royal family website said.