Are Zara & Peter Phillips lobbying the British govt on behalf of a Chinese entity?

Zara Tindall uses her mobile phone whilst enjoying  day one of The Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos

This week has genuinely felt like a period of mourning from the British tabloids. Their favorite subjects to harass and bully, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are no longer tied in any way to Britain. Meghan and Harry’s Netflix deal gives them financial independence and the reaction from the Firm and their royal commentators is one of sadness and grief, because they can’t control H&M in any way. So… um, the tabloids are in the market for new targets. Those papers have been sitting on some scandals, some of which unfolded during the Sussex heyday, and it looks like those controversies are being dusted off for fun. Remember Peter Phillips and his gross milk commercial in China? Remember how Zara makes questionable business deals as part of her competitive equestrian career? From Sebastian Shakespeare’s Daily Mail column:

The Queen’s grandchildren Zara Phillips and her brother Peter have always relied on making their own money after their mother, the Princess Royal, expressed the hope that they would lead lives which would be as ‘normal’ as possible. But they have not always avoided pitfalls.

Earlier this year, Peter was ridiculed for appearing in a milk commercial on Chinese TV, billed as ‘British Royal Family member Peter Phillips’. He has additionally received a salary from Chinese businessman Dr Johnny Hon, who also paid Zara £100,000-a-year for horse racing advice.

So some might think questions about their financial probity are worth investigating. Not at the Home Office, nor the Information Commission, however.

For I can disclose both organisations have just rejected a request that Zara and Peter’s relationship with an eminent international businessman be made public. So who could it be? The person is not identified for confidentiality reasons, but it could conceivably be Johnny Hon himself. The unprecedented request was made last year by another businessman.

He claimed that there was a significant public interest in knowing if Zara, wife of former England rugby captain, Mike Tindall, and Peter had ever lobbied the Home Office on behalf of a man who is said to have businesses and investments — as well as charitable commitments — both in the UK and overseas. Successive judgments — first by the Home Office and then by the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham — concluded that any such information should remain private.

Denham insisted: ‘People have a reasonable and legitimate expectation that information about whether or not they have written to the Home Secretary about a particular subject will not be disclosed to the world at large without their knowledge or consent’. She added: ‘This expectation is not removed because someone is prominent or well known, for example because they are members of the Royal Family.’

[From The Daily Mail]

If someone wanted to know what Johnny Hon (or anyone else) was paying Zara and Peter, I would say it was just a tabloid curiosity and who cares? Shady people are shady, and rich people pay people for stupid things. But it’s very curious that there is some concern (perhaps legitimate) that Zara and Peter are being paid to lobby on behalf of their Chinese financier? It’s a not-so-subtle lobbying scheme, and it doesn’t bode well that the government is covering it up with a “nothing to see here, folks!” If Zara and Peter were NOT lobbying the government, surely the commission would have just said that?

*chuckle* Imagine all of the agita about the Sussexes’ Netflix deal when the Queen’s grandchildren were literally selling themselves as haphazard lobbyists for a foreign entity.

Peter Phillips and Autmn Phillips seen at The Festival 2020, Gold Cup Day Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham , Glos

Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn Phillips arrive for Gold Cup day, The Festival  at Cheltenham Racecourse  2019, Cheltenham Glos

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  1. Kalana says:

    Because Anne steps in and protects her kids and Charles doesn’t if it means dealing with William.

    Also, didn’t Mike and Zara vacation in Italy at the begining of the pandemic and then not quarantine because they weren’t going to interrupt their lives?

    • Betsy says:

      I just don’t understand why they”re so afraid of William, but it’s shocking.

      • Eugh says:

        I honestly think he threatens to abdicate a lot and is also very upset Harry got to leave

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Hold up, so if we call his bluff and William abdicates, the crown passes to Harry, until George comes of age? No WAY will Willnot opt for abdication. Over his dead body.

  2. MaryContrary says:

    This is exactly the BS hypocrisy that the Royal Family extolls. Meghan and Harry get dragged for speaking up on the environment/education for girls/importance of voting in a democracy-the horror! Meanwhile the rest of the family does all kinds of shady, unethical and illegal things (Peter, Zara, Prince Pedophile) and it gets overlooked or explained away. It’s incredibly unfair and so blatantly obvious-I can’t believe anyone would think that Harry and his family would ever come back to that nonsense.

    • Jen says:

      Absolutely. Meghan and Harry get dragged for “capitalizing on royal connections” but Zara and Peter get these deals because they’re just so well known elsewhere. Sure.

      Meghan and Harry get dragged for Frogmore renovations, but Zara and Mike can live on Anne’s estate given by the Crown.

      It’s the double standard.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    This whole family is a waste of air and resources. Bunch of good for nothing hypocrites.

  4. bros says:

    wouldnt surprise me if it was some more shady Russian money, more of the same that is running all over london buying influence with politicians, and legal and financial circles.

  5. Alexandria says:

    Come on UK, get rid of them in 10 years. I’m rooting for you. These people have nothing to lose, they will still be rich or connected.

  6. equality says:

    William is accused of having an affair and the story gets pulled. William was involved in a lot of the “boys will be boys” type partying and Harry got the majority of the bad press when they were together. Sophie gets her scandal minimized by the family in 2001. The milk commercial didn’t get much attention and this story isn’t either. Andrew’s scandals get buried with only a token mention now and again by the press. William and Charles can go on about environmental initiatives while still participating in pheasant hunting, maintaining several large residences and flying privately and by helicopter more than Harry but Harry gets the bad press. Beatrice and Eugenie’s partying and Eugenie’s naked photos don’t get brought up over and over again like Harry’s partying. It sort of makes it seem that Harry has always been the fall guy. I don’t blame him for wanting to flee.

  7. EviesMom says:

    Isn’t Autumn shot of these shenanigans since leaving Peter earlier this year? Although she does strike a mean Carmen Sandiego profile…

  8. Nic919 says:

    Don’t lobbyists need to register in the UK? There should be no exceptions for members of the royal family. The UK likes to pretend it is a democracy but with a billy being able to shut down the media over his affair and Andrew escaping cooperation for the sex trafficking investigation, the UK is not looking very different from Russia at this point.

  9. gm says:

    What I see is the inherent unfairness of royalty, not only to the masses supporting them but within the family. First born cops all the money and goodies (not that I think Zara and Peter were starving even without shady business deals but apparently not able to live the moneyed lifestyle of the first born and offspring) then the rest scramble with this kind of stuff (recall Prince Edward and Prince Andrews shady business dealings).

  10. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Why does britain have a monarchy again? It’s an outdated, racist, sexist, institution. Does anyone believe God wants a single bloodline to rule? If the British people think it’s ok to have a monarchy in this day and age, then I think they deserve what they get. Zara, Peter, Andrew, Michael, Fergie — grift on. The public deserves to be taken.

  11. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Oligarchs gotta oligarch. And those Windsor’s are the shadiest of the shady oligarchs.