Claims that a Turkish millionairess was scammed out of her £40 million fortune has seen Prince Andrew tangled up in an incredible High Court case.
This is just the latest smudge against the Duke’s image after a drawn-out scandal over his involvement with Jeffery Epstein.
The Duke of York, 62, is alleged to have received more than £1 million from the fraudster, who is believed to have been acting as a go-between to assist Nebahat Evyap Isbilen, 76, escape political persecution in her home country, according to court papers.
In a report published by The Daily Telegraph, it was stated that Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62, were given money on behalf of Selman Turk, a former Goldman Sachs banker, whom Nebahat is pursuing.
Nebahat claims to have been “tricked” by Turk and told that the money was payment for a new passport. Nebahat’s husband is a former politician who was jailed in 2015 in what is believed to have had political motivation.
According to court documents, it is alleged that a £750,000 “gift” to the Duke occurred days after Turk won an award at the Duke’s Dragons Den-style competition at St James’ palace, known as Pitch@Palace.
It is alleged that Andrew received a further £350,000 payment through a third party, which also gave £225,000 to his ex-wife, which is linked to My Turk. The Duke declined to comment when approached but has repaid the £750,000