Skip to content

Prince Andrew is facing calls over why he received £1million in payments linked to a financier who is now facing allegations of fraud in the High Court.

In 2019 Andrew received £750,000 from Nebahat Isbilen, a Turkish millionaire and wife of a prominent former politician, who claimed in the High Court that his financial adviser, Selman Turk, told him to pay the sum to the prince in return. for assistance with passport application.

Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and his two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, have also been named in court documents for the case, in which Isbilen claims she was defrauded by Turk of up to £40million sterling. Turk denies the allegations.

Here is a timeline of events related to the latest controversy over the Duke of York:

  • 2005 Andrew reportedly met Tarek Kaituni, a Libyan national convicted of arms trafficking, who allegedly facilitated meetings between Andrew and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

  • 2009 Beatrice reportedly received a £20,000 diamond necklace from Kaituni for her 21st birthday, months before the Duke lobbied a British company on her behalf.

  • 2014 After being stripped of his role as trade envoy, Andrew launches Pitch@Palace, a Dragons’ Den-style project, in which budding entrepreneurs would have the opportunity to woo successful businessmen with quick pitches.

  • October 12, 2018 Eugenie marries brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank. Kaituni reportedly attended the wedding.

  • May to June 2019 It is reported that Kaituni introduces Selman Turk to Andrew at a birthday party at Windsor Castle.

  • July 2019 The Duchess of York is unveiled as an ambassador for Pegasus, for which she later receives payment through one of Turk’s companies, in the amount of £225,000.

  • October 2019 It is reported that two payments were made by Turk to Eugenie in the amount of around £25,000. She denies knowing Turk or Isbilen.

  • November 6, 2019 The annual Pitch@Palace event is held at St James’s Palace. Turk wins the People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public, for his pitch for his company Heyman AI, a digital bank for millennials.

  • November 14, 2019 Amanda Thirsk, then Andrew’s assistant, has a conversation with the bank in Isbilen, in which Thirsk says that a payment of £750,000 to be paid to Andrew relates to a wedding gift for Beatrice. The transcript is then published in the Daily Mail.

  • November 15, 2019 A transfer of £750,000 is made from Isbilen’s account to Andrew Coutts’ personal account. She later says that Turk told her it was in exchange for assistance with a passport application.

  • December 5, 2019 Andrew is said to have visited Turk at his South Kensington flat, it is reported.

  • February 2020 Turk and Kaituni are pictured in what is believed to be Frogmore House, a royal residence in Windsor Home Park.

  • July 2020 Béatrice marries the property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

  • March 2021 Solicitors acting for Isbilen approach Andrew over the £750,000 payment. He does not comment but refunds the full money.

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.