Queen’s cousin in Kremlin cash-for-access storm: Prince Michael of Kent ‘filmed at business meeting where clients were told he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make confidential representations to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle’
- Prince Michael of Kent filmed in Zoom meeting with the Marquess of Reading
- Reporters had posed as clients from the ‘House of Haedong’ in South Korea
- They were told Prince Michael could make introductions to those in Kremlin
PUBLISHED: 20:16 BST, 8 May 2021 | UPDATED: 03:33 BST, 9 May 2021
The Queen’s cousin, 78, told undercover reporters posing as investors from South Korea in a virtual meeting that he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make ‘confidential’ representations to Putin’s regime.
Journalists from Channel 4 Dispatches and The Sunday Times were investigating claims that Prince Michael and the Marquess of Reading were selling their links to the Russian regime.
Prince Michael said he would be ‘very excited’ to work with the fictitious ‘House of Haedong’ – which alleged it wanted to further its business in Russia by making links with Putin’s inner circle.
Prince Michael, a grandson of King George V, allegedly said he would give the ‘House of Haedong’ his endorsement in the Kremlin for a $200,000 fee.
He added his relationship with the state could ‘bring some benefit’ to the firm, billed as ‘new boutique fund that invests in the most regal of assets: gold’.
A representative for Prince Michael has insisted the royal has ‘no special relationship with President Putin’, adding they have had no contact since June 2003.