Prince Andrew ‘received payments of more than £1 million’ from a Turkish ‘fraudster’ after they met through the duke’s gun smuggler friend – who attended Fergie’s surprise 60th birthday bash and Eugenie’s wedding.
Tarek Kaituni has previously boasted of his influence over the Duke and attended the wedding of daughter Princess Eugenie in 2018.
The convicted smuggler is also understood to have previously helped broker secret meetings for the Duke with the late dictator Colonel Gaddafi and once told undercover reporters he played a key role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Kaituni introduced Andrew to Selman Turk, 35, in the early summer of 2019, before the pair became friendly and shared dinners at the alleged fraudster’s South Kensington home.
It has now emerged that Fergie’s surprise 60th birthday party, which took place just months after their introduction, was partially funded by Mr Turk, The Sunday Telegraph reports.
And months later, Mr Turk and Kaitani took a selfie photograph together during a visit to what appears to be Frogmore House, the royal residence in Windsor Great Park, in February 2020.
Since their introduction less than three years ago, Mr Turk is alleged to have made payments totalling £1.1m to Andrew, of £250,000 to Sarah and £25,000 to Princess Eugenie.
Read more: Revealed: Prince Andrew ‘received more than £1 million’ from a Turkish ‘fraudster’ after they met through the duke’s Libyan gun smuggler friend who attended Fergie’s 60th birthday bash and Eugenie’s wedding