FT: Prince Andrew paid off a former employee using Pitch@Palace charity funds

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For the past year or so, we’ve been discussing (in depth) all of the shenanigans and criminality around Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. As soon as Jeffrey Epstein became big news again in 2019, Andrew began getting all kinds of unsavory headlines. Those headlines have only gotten worse after Epstein’s suspicious death in a New York jail cell. The issue isn’t merely that Andrew is a sexual predator who abused victims of human trafficking from Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, although we can agree that all of that is quite horrible.

Andrew’s completely sketchy finances have also gotten some attention, especially since no one knows how he “made” his fortune, how much he’s worth, and how thoroughly he abused his position as “the Queen’s favorite son” AND “British trade ambassador” to line his own pockets. Just last week, we even discussed the bizarre story of how Andrew and his ex-wife somehow purchased a Swiss chalet, only to lapse on a $6 million payment. Now they’re in arrears and being sued. These criminal and financial issues have come into sharper relief when compared to the Sussexes, who have been the victims of a huge smear campaign over nothing, all while Andrew has been protected at all costs by the Queen and the establishment.

I’ve been waiting for some notable publication to really start pulling at all of these threads. Finally, it’s happened. The Financial Times ran a fascinating story about Andrew’s questionable Pitch@Palace charity, and how that charity seemingly gave hush money to Andrew’s former private secretary. From FT:

Prince Andrew has suffered further embarrassment after the charities regulator questioned £350,000 of payments to his former private secretary. The Charity Commission, which regulates non-profit organisations in England and Wales, intervened over payments made to Amanda Thirsk, Prince Andrew’s long-serving private secretary who left shortly after his disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight last year.

Ms Thirsk was a trustee of the prince’s umbrella organisation, the Prince Andrew Charitable Trust (PACT), as well as a director of its profitmaking subsidiaries, including Pitch@Palace, his venture for introducing entrepreneurs and investors. The Charity Commission tightly controls the use of philanthropic funds to pay trustees. According to PACT’s annual report, the regulator “raised a concern about remuneration paid to one of the Trustees . . . which the Commission considered to be an unauthorised Trustee benefit”. As a result, a total of £355,297 — relating to five years of payments to Ms Thirsk — was repaid by the Duke of York’s household.

[From FT]

To be clear, we already knew that Thirsk got paid off – it was widely reported when Thirsk left her position in Andrew’s office, because his office was shut down following his BBC interview and subsequent “step down from royal duties.” We knew that Thirsk arranged some kind of exit package for herself. It was just assumed that the money came from Andrew, the Queen or some other royal office fund. But her payoff came from the Pitch @Palace charity funds. And when the charity regulator discovered that, Andrew had to reimburse his sad Pitch@Palace charity. One barrister told FT: “Most charities are supersensitive to the need to comply with the strict laws around trustee benefit. It is unfathomable to me that a grown-up charity like Prince Andrew’s Charitable Trust got this so wrong.”

What’s also interesting is that FT started to pull at the larger thread – they note that Andrew has “unusual finances. He does not receive a direct public grant and instead has relied on income from his commercial activities.” Commercial activities you say? You mean, he’s somehow allowed to be an HRH, a Duke, AND get an income from commercial activities? All while “using” his royal title and “palace” in a halfway charitable endeavor which is issuing payoffs to former staff? Petty Betty is shook. So are all of the royal reporters who screamed and cried about Prince Harry and Meghan sullying the precious royal title by daring to dream of making a separate income. Also: Andrew did all of that for years, he only had to “step away” from his royal duties when he f–ked up his lies about his friendship with a dead pedophile and human trafficker.

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  1. Aurora says:

    How can people concern themselves with the York’s financial improprieties and possible pedophilic tendencies when the Sussexes might be living with Madea?

  2. Mary says:

    Yup, Andrew was making a percentage of funds earned from realized PP projects as well. It provided a nice little income. He also got money in a myriad of other ways using his “influence” as a member of the Royal family, Like, money for helping deals go down. Was this one of the examples the Sussexes cited as a Royal who both worked as a senior Royal and generated private income? Probably.

  3. ABritGuest says:

    Thank you for pointing out that Pitch has a commercial arm& he has been undertaking commercial activities for years with BP’s full support given that they promoted Pitch on the royal family website & activities take place at St James Palace. He’s listed as a company director for many orgs.

    The discrepancy in treatment to Harry& Meghan given Royal warrants& countless commercial interests& activities of various working royals was so obvious.

    The FT piece says the payments were over 5 years so you have to wonder why a palace employee was being paid via charity funds all this time. Thirsk must have a lot of tea that’s for sure. The Times says that the charity commission is investigating his charitable trust too.

    I can’t believe this type of corrupt activity isn’t more of a scandal but guess that’s why BP was thanking journalists the other day. And of course when this news and the chalet lawsuit story is emerging here comes a story about where Harry& Meghan may be staying. These diversionary tactics could be a tad less obvious

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Thirsk knows where the bodies are buried thats why she’s being paid off – she will know all about his dodgy financial dealings and Andrew is not the only one who’s charitable organisation has dodgy finances. The Cambridges Royal Foundation is currently part of a lawsuit over its finances – not sure of all the details but given that the Royal Foundation had several financial directors over a short period of time and even the auditors commented on how its finances were being run/used raises serious questions of what’s going on/went on over there.

      • Sofia says:

        “The Cambridges Royal Foundation is currently part of a lawsuit over its finances” Wait WHAT? Hold on. When did this happen?

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        The press can’t report on it outright due to legal restrictions but its been hinted at by sections of the press. Its been hinted at thats one of the reasons the Sussex’s left the RF.

        But I would suggest to look at the public report on the RF from last year – the auditors make comments about ‘concerns’ over how its run and how spends the money it gets.

      • FashionMaven says:

        Wait – what? You gotta give more tea than that – The Royal Foundation (that’s the Cambs foundation now since H&M got pushed out) – they are being sued?

        I want to celebrate so bad – but where did you hear this?! Oh please oh PLEASE let this be true!!

      • Sofia says:

        Oh wow. I mean we all knew that the Royal Foundation’s finances were a mess. But I didn’t know there was an lawsuit. I just thought “it’s dodgy finances but no one will report on it so the Cambridges aren’t embarrassed socially” not “it’s so bad it’s gone/going to court and lawyers are getting involved so the Cambridges could be embarrassed legally”

        I wonder how long they can keep quiet about it. Court documents, to my knowledge, are public. So if the UK press won’t report perhaps the American press will. Or some random citizen who is reading this decides to keep an eye out on the court document website.

      • Ginger says:

        I have always believed that the Royal Foundation has bailed out Party Pieces numerous times. Considering how awful their customer service is, there is no way it would still be in business.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Sofia well to be clear I don’t think we KNOW there’s a lawsuit, we just know there is a legal matter the press won’t discuss and it doesn’t involve the Sussexes (and I think that quote also stated it didn’t involve Andrew? But could be wrong) and the foundations finances are pretty shady. I think the quote also included that the “matter” was very damaging for the royal family. The only thing I can think of that fits that bill is something involving the Cambridge’s foundation. I would not be surprised if William
        Has been bailing out party pieces with foundation money.

      • Jaded says:

        I heard that the Cambridges were poaching funds from the Hub cookbook, which were specifically delegated to supporting the Hub kitchen 7 days a week. I think that was one of the myriad reasons the blow-out between the Sussexes and Cambridges came to such a huge head so quickly.

      • Nic919 says:

        Unless there is a publication ban, any court matter would be reported on, or at least the fact there was a publication ban. The legal matters probably have not hit the “something is filed in court” stage yet.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @Nic919 – thats what kinda puzzles me, there has been ‘talk’ for a while around issues with the Royal Foundation. Maybe it is just gossip but there is def something ‘legal’ around the Sussex’s and Cambridges that the press know about but for legal restrictions can’t report on.

      • Nic919 says:

        There is a video on twitter with a comment from someone on GMB saying there are legal battles behind the scenes that the press are not allowed to report on, but that would provide more information to the public and explain why Harry and Meghan left when they did and if the public knew they would understand why. Piers notably didn’t push back too hard on this guy either.
        We just don’t know the topic of those legal battles.

      • Tigerlily says:

        Curiouser and curiouser

      • Becks1 says:

        @Nic I was watching that clip last night. I didn’t realize he was talking to Piers, but it wasn’t even that Piers didn’t push back…he quickly moved the conversation away from that comment. Piers knew what he was referring to and was not going to get into it.

        Something is rotten in the state of Denmark and my guess is that you are right, what is happening has not actually happened yet (lol, early Monday logic) – meaning there is something legal going on but because there are no filings yet etc the press isn’t going to risk a lawsuit/injunction/whatever just based on what they “know.” When concrete things start to happen I think we will hear more.

        Kind of like the Rose Who? Situation…..I think the press knows what happened, but without something concrete like pictures or leaked text messages etc they aren’t going to print it because its not worth the pushback they would face from the palace.

      • According to several reporters, including the one who interviewed the Sussexes re their African tour, whatever is going on legally regarding the Royal Foundation has a court ordered embargo, so no one can discuss it.

  4. Alexandria says:

    Like Harry said “If you knew what I knew”. Let’s see if any legit journalist would unravel more shit after that lady is gone.

    • Original Jenns says:

      How much money has Andy straight up stolen from his assigned charities and patronage’s? If this was anyone else, that thread being pulled would be back in skein form by now. Disturbing.

  5. Rapunzel says:

    Will PedoAndy combat these allegations with the ‘ol “I was at the Woking Pizza Express that day” alibi?

    Or will he use the scientifically sound “I blew out my sweat glands in the Faulklands so it wasn’t me” defense?

    Decisions, decisions.

  6. Taylor says:

    We been knew, but how convenient is it that this news is revealed the same weekend the DM ~discovers where the Sussexes are staying? Even if people don’t like the way H&M handled their exit, to continue to feign outrage at every little thing they do, while observing the atrocities committed by Andrew, without a peep reveals that M&H’s “unbecoming behavior” is not the problem. Andrew seems like a genuinely bad person, whose priority has never been charity. The worst thing Harry and Meghan have done doesn’t come close to what he’s been getting away with for decades. I’m so happy they left.

    • Harper says:

      The Daily Mail is beyond the FT’s notice. The FT is an esteemed publication that most likely lines its litter boxes with copies of the Mail. An article like this one on Andrew will have been in the works for a while and dropped only when every i is dotted and every t is crossed.

      Although now I expect there will be renewed slams on Meghan to distract from this article on Petty Betty’s favorite son, who is NOT having a good week in the press.

      • Tia says:

        I think Taylor means someone has deliberately fed stories to a tabloid to distract from the (far more reliable) stories in the FT.

        The FT is fairly technical and the sort of person who is keen on ‘Duchessing while black’ type stories is very unlikely to read it. Therefore the hope will be to prevent the tabloids picking it up by feeding them something else (a quid pro quo).

  7. Love says:

    Can we also talk about how just a day before this broke, the royal family tweeted a message of support to the media.

    And then the very next few days details Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s location was leaked in an exclusive to the DM. As well as details of when they moved. If it’s true, of course. But that became the news over here in the media, overshadowing this real news.

    • lizzieb says:

      I thought all journalists were thanked…not just the Fail. It may not be what the royals meant, but I hope the Guardian takes it as an invitation, and does a blow it out of the water investigative piece.

    • Harla says:

      That message of support to the media must have broken Harry’s heart. Along with all the supportive instagrams the Duchess of Cambridge received from the Royal Family for her photography contest, but I thought the royals never did that?? Oh wait…..

      • Ali says:

        I think Harry is well aware that the firm doesn’t care about him.

      • VS says:

        @Harla — yet how many people really did care? any news about H&M is international; the rest should be happy if they are mentioned by the UK tabloids press……..that’s what they wanted!

        H has Meghan; the woman is smart, knows how to earn a living, network and most importantly thrive! he will be more than fine……he picked the right woman by his side; The dude is lucky he didn’t choose a “Kate” maybe he already had plans to bail….who knows!

      • Lady D says:

        I hope you’re right, Ali. If not, it was another knife in the back from his foul grandma.

    • February Pisces says:

      What this confirms to me is that the press pretty much own the royal family at this point. They are having to bend over backwards to please them because of the mountains worth of dirt they have on them. So proud of harry and Meghan for telling them to f*ck off. It goes to show the Sussex’s have nothing to hide. I hope the rest of the royals enjoy being held hostage by the media for the rest of their lives.

  8. lizzieb says:

    @I hope he is criminally charged. Even if he doesn’t go to peasant jail and has to do house arrest. It would leave him with a record that would impair his travel ability and possibly keep him from acting on boards in any capacity. The Royal Family could use their own money to give him an annual pension. This way maybe we would never have to see him or look at his smug grinning face again.

    • Mumbles says:

      I do too but sadly I don’t see it happening. Wouldn’t be surprised if he unofficially moved to a country without an extradition treaty.

      • Badrockandroll says:

        There are, according to The Guardian, only 33 countries without extradition treaties with Britain: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bhutan, Cameroon, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mongolia, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Yemen. Namibia and Pakistan are in the Commonwealth, so they could make him some sort of diplomat in those countries, but I can see him slinking off to to Saudi Arabia.

      • Mara says:

        Thanks for looking this up, it really surprises me that we don’t have an extradition treaty with Pakistan given how much back and forth there is between the two countries.

      • Mumbles says:

        UAE is also a likely suspect. Dubai is supposedly very nice and shady.

      • Mary says:

        @badrock, it is interesting to see that Bahrain is on that list. The leader of Bahrain is a good friend of Petty Betty and seems to be quite close to Andrew. While it was not publicized much, he paid for Eugenie’s pre-wedding bash. I could see Andrew hightailing it to Bahrain.

  9. Yoyo says:

    The worst thing Meghan and Harry did was leave an unhealthy environment?
    No wonder when Meghan saw the Royal Foundation books, she was like, the Hub cookbook money is going to cover the Hub Kitchen only, and we want to do our own bookkeeping.

  10. Becks1 says:

    I think the finances of many of the royals are super shady. Like digital unicorn noted above – the royal foundation of Will and Kate has some issues too. I wonder if this is what all the “there’s a big problem that can’t be talked I about” is – the lid is about to be blown off these shady dealings.

    • lizzieb says:

      🙏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • Nic919 says:

      I think that’s what Keir Simmons and Tom Bradby were alluding to when they said there were serious legal issues behind the scenes. This is not just affairs and racist insults (although I’m sure that’s happening too)

      • Becks1 says:

        and if you think about it, Harry and Meghan’s refusal to play ball with the shady finances would probably have caused some seriously problems in the family. It’s one thing to be shady if you’re running a foundation like W&K, where I cant seem to figure out what they do with the money. It’s another thing to be shady when you want to do projects like Invictus (where you need to raise money/get sponsors for a very specific event) or the cookbook (where you want the funds to go somewhere specific.)

        We always say the Great Smear Campaign started around the time of Eugenie’s wedding and the running theories have been that someone was triggered either by the pregnancy or the successful Oceania tour (I think it was the latter, personally.)

        But I wonder if around the time of the launch of the cookbook Meghan started to realize what was going on financially and started to push back, and THAT was the trigger, the realization that on top of everything else (her race, her being an American, her work ethic, her popularity), she wasn’t going to play along with the foundation’s financial dealings.

  11. Sofia says:

    I honestly want a good journalist (not a Fail/Fail Wannabe) to do not just a thorough search of Andrew’s financial records but of everyone else’s.

  12. Harla says:

    Perhaps Andrew was who the Sussex’s were referring to when they stated that there was “precedence” for being a working royal and earning a private income?

    • Nahema says:

      Other Royals have done to too. Nobody seems to remember Edward trying to be a TV presenter. He wasn’t very good at it. I think he might have attempted to be a producer too.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        Edward owned his own production company that only really created scandals. He was made to quit all that when he became a working Royal.

      • Dinah says:

        Ainsley7, it’s the other way around. After Edward and Sophie’s businesses failed (being a Production comp. and a Communications/PR comp.), and after the Sophie tabloid-blackmailing-scandal, they were forced to close their bankrupt businesses. The queen then offered them jobs and they both became senior working royals, sort of; for a long time they were not really working. The queen paid off some of their debts – not all of them by the way – that’s another Windsor couple – being queen’s children – not paying their (failed business’s) debts.

        Charles and Anne (not many know that Anne is running a horse’s sports event business on her estate with her ex-husband and daughter) are the two out of four of the queen’s children who are successful in running their businesses.

        So let it be clear: Harry and Meghan didn’t’ ask to do something different (to seek financial independence) from what other senior (and minor) royals have done/are doing. The difference was that H&M wanted to do their businesses openly (not secretly) and wanted to leave the royal rota /media abuse, while the other royals are being tax funded – live for free, have free security, staff/offices/allowances, etc. – and secretly (and sometimes openly) do commercial activities, covered as charitable activities, without probably paying taxes.

        The matter is that, what H&M wanted, would expose these dodgy money making Windsor practices more which by the way is now happening and finally will happen in full. This will help bring down the monarchy. The queen have allowed these (fraudulent) practices to happen and to be continued for tens of years. Sooner or later her reign will proof to have been a mess for that matter. She keeps covering her children’s ill practices.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      I always thought he was referring to Prince Michael and Princess Pushy, who actually have their HRH titles as part of their names on the books they’ve published….?

  13. Harla says:

    As I recall, Andrew didn’t step down after his car-crash interview until the DM printed a few articles about how he finances his lavish lifestyle. Imho, the family could have cared less about his link to Epstein or what he did to those poor girls but once finances were involved he was out the door. God, this family really will eat their own young to save themselves, I”m soooo glad that the Sussex’s got out while the getten was good.

  14. Snazzy says:

    OMG that pic of Andy in uniform with that mad smile in the thumbnail really has him looking like a serial killer.

  15. Silas says:

    Tell me more about how Harry and Meghan left so they could merch to their heart’s content without the restrictions of the BRF.

    Every single adult in that family uses their royal status to enrich themselves. The Queen does it as well and is fine with her favorites also abusing their privileges. Now watch people rush to praise the Queen for being so maternal. She’s such a MOM.

  16. Izzy says:

    “It is unfathomable to me that a grown-up charity like Prince Andrew’s Charitable Trust got this so wrong.”

    They didn’t get it wrong. They thought they could ignore the rules and get away with it.

  17. aquarius64 says:

    I think something is about to blow up. In the Fail yesterday Piss Morgan admitted he “perhaps” went too far in dragging Harry and Meghan and made it too personal (ya think?). AND…he needs to be more tempered in the criticism.. Morgan wouldn’t make a statement like that unless the ratings on his show are tanking and the network and its lawyers told him his loudmouth opened them up to a Sussex defamation lawsuit. His three-year ratchet fest probably doesn’t help with the current suit.

    Tin foil tiara theory – the BM has taken a financial and credibility hit with the public and they have to go after other royals to prove they are not paid to do the Windsors’ dirty work.

    • aquarius64 says:

      Continue – I didn’t know the Cambridge Royal Foundation was under further scrutiny for the finances. Like someone said upthread – I think House Cambridge was using charity funds to bail out the Middleton business Party Pieces. THAT is newsworthy along with Andrew’s mess(es). If that were to come out (along with Bill’s Rose gardening) the only throne William will be fit to sit on is the one that flushes.

      • Jumpingthesnark says:

        Aquarius64 I like your tinfoil tiara! I also think that stories like this serve as a warning to Bill and Cathy, that they are next for the negative stories if they don’t continue to cooperate with the RRs.

      • Geraldine Granger says:

        I always thought it was weird how angry Kate was at the Commonwealth ceremony. Her behavior was SO undiplomatic, it was kind of shocking. But if they and her family are about to be caught out doing something, it makes more sense.

    • Harper says:

      I saw that too and thought it was odd, at the least. Morgan just got tested for corona–and was found negative. Did he had a “life flashing before his eyes” moment while waiting for the results, or has Omid Scobie has asked him to comment on the long list of frothing at the mouth comments towards the Sussexes to be included in the book? Or will other details of Morgan’s vendetta towards Meghan come to life in the MOS lawsuit and Morgan is now starting to rehab his image with very slight mea culpas?

      • aquarius64 says:

        I didn’t think of the book. Morgan’s vendetta may come out in the book. Or… something has been discovered on Bad Dad due to surface. Something so bad that it would be a career ender for Morgan.

      • February Pisces says:

        @aquarius 64 Piers doesn’t have a conscience so we can rule that one out. He literally robbed Diana’s grave when The Mirror coaxed James hewitts then GF to steal Diana’s letters from his house in 1998. (The full story is on by line investigates). Then twenty years later bullies and harasses her son and his wife, and uses meghans father against her.

        This was a last ditch attempt to save himself, but it was weak AF. Not even sincere or believable. He’ll be back to trashing them tomorrow.

        I actually don’t believe his vendetta against Meghan is personal. He met her once, did he really expect they were BFFs? Piers has literally met everyone, he’s never reacted like this to all the other celebs he’s met. Nah, he was bought off by KP to trash her, just like the rest of the media. Remember when he stopped that guy from talking about the major ‘legal thing’ that happened?. the sh*t could be about to hit the fan.

    • Lady D says:

      The coward blinked. Why? Is he being sued? No way he had a change of heart, no gd way. He was making way too much money and getting way too much attention to willingly stop. So who has the power, besides the palace, to put the brakes on him when he’s making the DM a fortune?

  18. Redgrl says:

    He’s always been crooked – he & Fergie cozying up to unsavoury business people, dictators, oligarchs, arms dealers etc. Just nasty and thoroughly corrupt all the way through.

  19. Dinah says:

    This clearly exposes the double standard toward Harry and Meghan, and how petty and dishonest the Queen – and Charles and William – have treated them. They had offered to do the same as Andrew (and what other royals have done in the past), but were turned down.

    The entire British media and the British nation jumped in their necks to condemn the plan (half-in half-out) they had drawn up to continue to serve the country/the queen and to seek for financial independence to escape the racism, character assassination and the abuse by the British press and the royal family. In unison they shouted: ‘they can’t have their cake and eat it’. During the negotiations with the queen/RF, the media pulled out all the stops to influence them for an outcome to the detriment of H&M.

    History will prove Betty wrong. And from what we’re witnessing (within weeks of their leaving the pleas started to have Harry come back – without Meghan of course), they already regret that they are gone; a Sussexes move they had not calculated to happen; the courtiers and the royals did not expect that rejection of H&M’s future plan would cause them to choose for total departure from the UK. They had expected that by disabling their royal duties and HRH title, they would disappear from the spotlight and be silenced. No less is true. Their departure has only increased their impact on their own and other charitable activities, and worldwide popularity. More and more people recognise how unfair and unreasonable H&M were treated by the RF, the British press and a good part of the Britons. The UK has lost their star power couple (and some say the ones that made the monarchy look relevant again, since ages), the USA and the rest of the world have won. Many are looking forward to what they have to offer with their foundation.

    • MerryGirl says:

      Dinah, couldn’t have said it better myself. You analysis of the whole drama surrounding the departure of H&M is spot on. I totally agree, the Royals have miscalculated and history will not be kind to them. Let’s just sit back and watch H&M thrive in America and move into the global spotlight while we watch the RF, the BM sink. God does not like ugly.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      From Harry and Meghan’s initial proposal, it seems that what they really wanted was circumventing the Royal Rota but still represent the Queen. That, apparently, was a deal breaker.

      It is interesting that the BRF apparently has no interest in updating the more than 40 year-old system that the Rota is, especially since they have been completely unprofessional when it comes to two members of the BRF, descending into outright abuse of Meghan. When said members want to circumvent a system that is antiquated and has been abusive to the BRF’s newest member, they are told no and had to leave the royal fold entirely.

      • Interesting is right! I think the majority of the Royal Rota tabloid bigwigs are sitting on a lot of royal family dirt in exchange for no external oversight of the press. They are no longer reporting, they are colluding with The Firm.

  20. Awkward symphony says:

    Is it any surprise, he was taking a 20% cut from the people he was supposed to be helping after all!! I really hope that someone takes action and releases record confirming how this was well known inside the institution. I mean, I’ve been saying for awhile that the cambridges are very likely to be doing the same. Just check the annual reports which state that majority of funds were used on Normalbill’s projects and which only one came out of development stage to launch with help of pre existing charity. I’ll bet that’s why the Sussexs split up from them clue; the RF still listing Meghan’s cookbook=them still taking the funds from the book sale

  21. Mtec says:

    I think all royals should be completely transparent with how they allocate public/charitable funds they receive.

  22. Jaded says:

    Andrew and Fergie are grifters, plain and simple. I remember back around 2010/2011 Andrew had to pull out of a “business” trip to Saudi Arabia after damaging information was revealed about his links with corrupt and repressive regimes. He was buddies with Ghaddafi and a variety of arms smugglers. Of course he was skimming a percentage off all these so-called deals. There’s enough information out there to put him and his sleaze-bag of an ex-wife away for a long time but I doubt that will happen, at least while Betty still puts a haze on a mirror.

    • Züri says:

      100% on this! They may be officially divorced, but I think they are every bit as physically and financially intertwined as they were when they were married. I believe they still live together? Further, I wouldn’t put it past him to have been involved in her scheme to sell access to “the Duke.” At some stage, the queen can’t turn a blind eye, though she does tend to wait until the flames have basically engulfed the house. Journalists are beginning to sniff even more and likely to find more damaging evidence against him and potentially other members of the family.

  23. RoyalBlue says:

    Slowly the screws are tightening and Andrew is going down.

    Said the black queen (Meghan) to the white king (Andrew), “checkmate!”

  24. Mollie says:

    I swear to God, Harry and Megan should start a charity for victims of sex trafficking, especially teenage victims. Do something great that actually benefits people in need all while giving the finger to royal family.