Asks for £ 1.5 million deal from Prince Andrew’s deal, as MPs demand inquiry from tax officials

Calls for an inquiry into a £ 1.5 million deal from Prince Andrew while MPs are urging Duke to be investigated by tax officials.

  • Prince Andrew faces scrutiny as to whether he violated rules of conduct of the royal family
  • Duke of York is supposed to have accepted money from Conservative organ donor David Rowland
  • Rules state that royals are not to accept money in connection with official duty
  • Prince did not say whether he repaid money wired to him by a company in 2017










Prince Andrew’s finances should have been investigated by lawmakers and tax authorities after it emerged he had received an overseas payment of £ 1.5 million from a banker friend, activists and experts said.

The Duke of York faced growing scrutiny yesterday over whether he had violated the royal family’s rules of conduct by accepting the money of conservative donor David Rowland.

The second son of the queen’s scandal received the payment before he paid off a loan from the financier’s Luxembourg bank.

Buckingham Palace’s rules of conduct state that the royal family “should never accept donations of money, or a monetary equivalent, in connection with an official commitment or duty”.

They are also told to avoid gifts that ‘would be placed or might appear [them] under any obligation to the donor ‘.

Prince Andrew, pictured above with the queen, is facing increasing scrutiny over allegations that he accepted money from conservative donor David Rowland.

Former business partners Sir Rowland (left) and Prince Andrew (right) pictured together at Royal Ascot in 2006

Former business partners Sir Rowland (left) and Prince Andrew (right) pictured together at Royal Ascot in 2006

Andrew, 61, declined to say whether he repaid any of the money stolen from him by a company registered in Guernsey in 2017.

Former Lib Dem MP Norman Baker, an expert on royal finance, said he would write to the public accounts commission demanding an investigation into the duke’s economy.

He also demanded that HMRC check whether Andrew had paid tax “on any income”.

Mr Baker said: “The fact is that the demands of the royal family are far less than those who are in an elected office.”

A spokesman for Andrew said: ‘In accounting terms it was all duly recorded and taxes paid and everything went through the books in the right way.’

Mr Rowland was pictured outside the High Court in 2017. He is believed to have made a payment to Prince Andrew days before the Duke of York paid off a loan from the financier’s bank.

Mr Rowland was pictured outside the High Court in 2017. He is believed to have made a payment to Prince Andrew days before the Duke of York paid off a loan from the financier’s bank.

Graham Smith, chief executive of campaign group Republic, said: “When someone pays a public figure large sums of money, the question has to be: What do they want in return?

“An urgent inquiry into royal lobbying and money for access is needed, starting with Prince Andrew.”

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