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Author Topic: His royal crassness: Prince Andrew's enthusiasm for high living  (Read 1218 times)
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« on: March 12, 2011, 04:50:12 am »

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0312/1224291944417.html
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In 2007, after five years of trying, he sold Sunninghill Park, the house given to him by his mother when he married Ferguson in 1986. It went to a billionaire from Kazakhstan, who paid £3 million more than the asking price even though no other bidders were on the scene. With the fruits from Sunninghill, which has been described unflatteringly as a cross “between a Texas ranch and an out-of-town Tesco”, Andrew proceeded to lavish £7.5 million on the refurbishment of a replacement property.

Unlike some divorcees Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson parted amicably. In the years since they parted he has supported her through some of her financial trials, though, foolishly, he persuaded Epstein to give her £15,000 to settle some of her debts. But despite the maturity shown in his relationship with Ferguson, who still says she “would jump under a bus for him”, Andrew has never shaken off his image as a rather crass example of the British upper class.

This image was reinforced yet again last November when WikiLeaks published an account by a US diplomat of a lunch in Kyrgyzstan in 2008, when Andrew railed against those who sought to expose British bribery in order to win defence contracts. In his speech, applauded loudly by accompanying British executives, Andrew accused the British Serious Fraud Office of “idiocy” for investigating corruption allegations against the UK’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, in relation to its effort to strike a deal with Saudi Arabia.

“He then went on to criticise ‘these journalists, especially from the Guardian , who poke their noses everywhere’ and make it harder for British businessmen to do business. The crowd practically clapped,” recounted the diplomat.

Told of demands for bribes by Kyrgyzstan ministers and officials, Andrew, who displayed “a neuralgic patriotism” about the UK, “laughed uproariously”, quipping, again to applause, that “all of this sounds exactly like France”, according to the diplomatic cable.

Doubts about his judgment have also been raised by his relationship with a leading member of the recently ousted Tunisian regime, Sakher al-Materi, who fled after January’s uprising and is currently facing a money-laundering investigation. Then there is his friendship with Libyan leader Col Gadafy’s son, Saif, though he was hardly alone in this in the days when London wooed Tripoli.


 sigh keeps getting better and better for this so called Prince  hall-whistle
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2011, 11:35:54 am »

One name that keeps popping up in this story is Ghislane Maxwell and she may not mean much to anyone overseas or even to younger Brits but the Maxwell name is reviled across the UK. Her father was the notorious Robert Maxwell - once an acclaimed businessman and owner of the Mirror Group of newspapers (including the Daily Mirror). It turned out he had stolen millions and millions of the Mirror Group's pension fund for his own purposes.

He went over the side of his fabulous yacht in the Med (and I think was eventually buried in Israel) and the family declared themselves bankrupt. Of course there are now thousands of pensioners who worked for him who were robbed of their pensions. I guess he was the same class as Bernie Madoff.

So it wasn't surprising to see his trashy daughter turn up in this criminal saga. Prince Andrew should be utterly ashamed.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 04:04:09 pm »

Just read this amusing comment in Quentin Letts column in the DM

"PERSONALLY, I am all for Prince Andrew (pictured, with a female friend). Anyone who can tell a top fashion luvvie ‘never heard of you’ strikes me as mustard. But at the Department of Trade, civil servants reportedly talk of ‘Andrew and the three pots — nightspots, sexpots and despots’."


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365441/Andrews-planning-stagger-Lefties-.html#ixzz1GOyAl52D
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