Queen Elizabeth's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent allegedly trading on links to Putin and monarchy, UK media report

The report focuses on undercover recordings of a Zoom meeting involving Prince Michael, his friend and business partner Simon Isaacs – whose title is the Marquess of Reading – and two undercover journalists posing as executives of a fake South Korean company investing in gold.

The Sunday Times and Channel 4 investigation does not claim that Prince Michael or Isaacs participated in any illegal activity.

According to The Sunday Times, their undercover reporters claimed the fictional South Korean company was “trying to hire a king to market its securities service,” and wrote in a letter that it was “planning to set up a Moscow office and offering to hire the prince” as a consultant to use his ‘excellent contacts’ in Russia. “

“I have traveled extensively in Russia for a variety of reasons, but mostly for business,” the prince told undercover journalists on a Zoom call, the clips of which were published by the Sunday Times.

Prince Michael’s connections to Russia

Prince Michael is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and has often appeared by her side at royal engagements. His maternal and paternal grandfathers are the first cousins ​​of Tsar Nicholas II. And he has been visiting Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, according to his website.

“Prince Michael has long established business, charitable and cultural ties with Russia and is proud of all the work he has done on trade between Britain and Russia,” his spokesman said in a statement.

He speaks Russian, is the patron of the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce and in 2009 was “awarded the Order of Friendship by President (Dimitri) Medvedev, one of the highest orders in Russia, for his work on Anglo-Russian relations”. his website said.

In the same video published by The Sunday Times of the Zoom with the undercover reporters, Prince Michael leaves the call, but Isaacs continues the meeting and appears to promise access to President Vladimir Putin and his staff.

Referring to the name of the fake South Korean company, Isaacs says in the video, “If (Prince Michael) represents the Haedong House, he could mention to Putin that Putin would find the right person interested in South Korea or interested in gold. It just open the door, you know what’s so helpful. “

Prince has no special relationship with Putin

The prince’s spokesman said in a statement: “Prince Michael has no special relationship with President Putin. You last met in 2003 and he has not had any contact with him or his office since then.”

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“Lord Reading is a good friend who has made suggestions that Prince Michael could not or could not have met,” added the spokesman.

In the Zoom appeal after the prince left the meeting, Isaacs goes on to say that in Russia the prince is “not seen as political” and as a “friend of Russia”.

He adds that Prince Michael is highly regarded for his “royal family legacy” and that “he is only widely regarded as Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia”.

Prince Michael’s spokesman said in Sunday’s statement that he had never represented Buckingham Palace “in Russia or anywhere else”.

The statement added that “Prince Michael receives no public funding and makes a living from a consulting firm he has run for over 40 years. Her Highnesses pay a market rent and fees for their Kensington Palace home.”

In a statement to the Sunday Times, the Marquess of Reading said: “I made a mistake and over-promised, and for that I really regret it.”