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The Royals could play a key role in helping Britain to negotiate new Brexit trade agreements

The Royals could play a key role in helping Britain to negotiate new Brexit trade agreements

Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Royality
Royal aides are looking into what part senior Royals including Prince Charles and the Duke of York could have in helping to broker deals in Commonwealth countries and beyond. Members of the Royal Family already undertake official overseas visits in support of British interests, but their influence could be used to “turbo boost” any negotiations, according to a well-placed Foreign Office insider. “If we are going to be actively rebooting existing trade relationships as well as creating new ones then by having the Royal Family on board, what we are saying is: We are interested in building a relationship at the highest symbolic level. “The Royals pack a formidable soft power punch.” Having visited Estonia earlier this month, Prince Andrew spent last week in Malaysia, meeting business le
Duke of York Prince Andrew embroiled in £4m Kazakhstan kickback scandal

Duke of York Prince Andrew embroiled in £4m Kazakhstan kickback scandal

Prince Andrew, Royality
The Duke of York stood to make nearly £4m ($5.8m) from a deal he tried to broker between Kazakhstan and two Greek and Swiss companies while he was still working as the UK trade envoy, it has been alleged by a tabloid newspaper. According to emails leaked to the Daily Mail, Prince Andrew allegedly attempted to use his royal status to leverage lucrative infrastructure contracts believed to be worth £385m. The deal, which would have seen Greek utility company EYDAP and Swiss financiers Aras Capital provide sewage and water facilities to two of the central Asian nation's cities, eventually fell through after Kazakh police opened fire on striking oil workers in 2011. Andrew is understood to have been in line to make a 1% commission on the deal – around £3.83m – after he allegedly used his s