Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, has returned the Order of Friendship award he was given by the Kremlin following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Michael, 79, launched the information in a brief assertion on Thursday after he was gifted the honour by then-President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009.
Prince Michael has beforehand been caught in a cash-for-access scandal after getting caught boasting that he might arrange relationships with Vladimir Putin’s internal circle for a price.
The assertion learn: ‘I can affirm that HRH Prince Michael of Kent is returning his Russian Order of Friendship. There will probably be no additional remark.’
Prince Michael of Kent (left) has handed again his Kremlin-issued award after beforehand presenting himself as a Russophile due to his relation Tsar Nicholas II (proper)
Prince Michael of Kent (proper) obtained an honorary professorship from one in all Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oldest and most trusted cronies
Prince Michael is a relative of Nicholas II, the final Tsar of the Russian Empire who was overthrown and killed within the Russian revolution.
Michael bares a placing resemblance to the Russian monarch who was the primary cousin of his grandmother Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna.
He attended the burial of Nicholas and the whole Romanov household in 1998 – 70 years after they have been shot by Bolsheviks, and can be patron to organisations with shut hyperlinks to Russia just like the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce and the St Gregory’s Basis.
He attended an occasion with Vladimir Putin in 2003 at Kensington Palace to advertise an obscure Russian martial artwork.
In 2020, fictitious executives have been reportedly informed Prince Michael of Kent could possibly be employed to endorse their firm to Vladimir Putin’s internal circle.
The Queen’s cousin informed undercover reporters posing as buyers from South Korea in a digital assembly that he could possibly be employed for £10,000 a day to make ‘confidential’ representations to Putin’s regime.
Prince Michael and Putin have been joint patrons of an occasion at Kensington Palace selling sambo, an obscure Russian martial artwork (pictured, Prince Michael and Putin in London in 2003)
Journalists from Channel 4 Dispatches and The Sunday Instances have been investigating claims that Prince Michael and the Marquess of Studying have been promoting their hyperlinks to the Russian regime.
Prince Michael mentioned he could be ‘very excited’ to work with the fictional ‘Home of Haedong’ – which alleged it wished to additional its enterprise in Russia by making hyperlinks with Putin’s internal circle.
Prince Michael, a grandson of King George V, allegedly mentioned he would give the ‘Home of Haedong’ his endorsement within the Kremlin for a $200,000 price.
He added his relationship with the state might ‘convey some profit’ to the agency, billed as ‘new boutique fund that invests in essentially the most regal of belongings: gold’.
A consultant for Prince Michael has insisted the royal has ‘no particular relationship with President Putin’, including they’ve had no contact since June 2003.