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It sounds like Prince Andrew is in the middle of yet another scandal. The disgraced royal has been accused of fraud by Turkish millionaire Nebahat Evyap Isbilen, and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have also been named in the case along with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
This whole thing is pretty complicated, but according to The Telegraph (which broke the story), Turkish millionaire Nebahat Evyap Isbilen has accused former Goldman Sachs banker Selman Turk of taking £40 million from her. And allegedly included in that sum was a £750,000 payment transferred into Andrew’s account which was described as a wedding gift to Princess Beatrice. Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie was also paid £25,000, and the Duchess of York (Andrew’s ex-wife) received £225,000.
The Telegraph reports that the first payments to the Yorks were made to the duchess in August 2019—allegedly from Isbilen’s missing funds. A few months later, Princess Eugenie was paid £25,000 from Turk’s account, which was labeled “BIRTHDAY GIFT.” (Telegraph sources claim this money was used to throw a surprise party for the duchess.)
As for the £750,000 which was paid to Prince Andrew in November 2019 (and has since been paid back), apparently that money came directly from Nebahat Evyap Isbilen, who thought it was being used to get her a “new Turkish passport after she fled her homeland.”
Apparently, Turk told the bank the money was a wedding gift for Beatrice, and Isbilen said: “I have seen an email from Mr. Turk to Hampden Bank explaining that this transfer was a wedding gift to Princess Beatrice owing to the close connection between our families. This email is entirely false.”
The Telegraph reports that neither Princess Beatrice nor Princess Eugenie are “believed to have had any knowledge of their parents’ dealings with Mr. Turk” and didn’t correspond with him. A spokesman for the Duchess of York told The Telegraph, “The duchess was completely unaware of the allegations that have since emerged against Mr. Turk. She is naturally concerned by what has been alleged against him.”
Meanwhile, Eugenie has released the following statement:
“On 31 March 2022, I received a letter from solicitors Peters & Peters representing their client Nebahat Evyap Isbilen in her claim against a Mr. Selman Turk, and various companies. I know neither Mrs. Isbilen nor Mr. Turk (nor any other details of the claim), and I was surprised to receive this letter, which asked me to explain two payments made to my bank account in October 2019, which I understood to be gifts from a long-standing family friend to assist with the cost of a surprise party for my mother, Sarah, Duchess of York’s sixtieth birthday. In early October 2019, I had received a call from our family friend saying that he wanted to make a financial contribution towards my mother’s birthday party to assist with the catering costs. I suggested that any contribution could be made directly to the caterers, but in the event provided my account details to which two payments were made totaling £25,000, which I then transferred on to the company organizing my mother’s party. I am now consulting with my lawyers who I have asked to respond to Peters & Peters on my behalf to assist in their inquiries.”
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