Prince Andrew laid bare by Wikileaks: How the Duke of York ranted about journalists who ‘poke their noses everywhere’… and why security services feared he could be vulnerable to blackmail over friendship with Jeffrey Epstein
- British Intelligence is often used in support of British-based private commerce
- The member of the Royal Family closest to this curious world was Prince Andrew
- He had enjoyed a serious military career of 22 years, serving as a helicopter pilot
The arms trade is a shady and often unspoken area where royals, the secret services and the SAS come together.
Sultans and sheiks from Bahrain to Brunei queued up to have their bodyguards advised by the men in black balaclavas from Hereford, while British Intelligence has long been used in support of British-based private commerce to provide information on the negotiating positions of rival manufacturers.
More than anyone else, he had enjoyed a serious military career of 22 years, serving as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War.
In late October 2008, the American ambassador to the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan was offered a surprising glimpse of his activities after a business brunch there which the Prince attended (pictured)
This gave him an insight into military technology, including both advanced naval ships and aviation.
When he left the Navy, he became an ambassador for British trade, with military technology always high on his list of priorities.
In late October 2008, the American ambassador to the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan was offered a surprising glimpse of his activities after a business brunch there which the Prince attended.
She reported back to Washington on Andrew’s comments, which she found ‘astonishingly candid’, adding that the discussion at times verged on ‘the rude’.
As Andrew fielded questions, he was reportedly ‘super-engaged’ and then, addressing the ambassador directly, stated frankly that Britain was ‘back in the thick of playing the Great Game’.
Now rather animated, he added cheekily: ‘And this time we aim to win!’
Andrew next turned his fire on the Serious Fraud Office. He ripped into its investigators, who had had the ‘idiocy’ of almost scuttling the al-Yamamah arms deal with Saudi Arabia, reportedly worth some £40 billion.
The ambassador explained to Washington that the Prince ‘was referencing an investigation, subsequently closed, into alleged kick-backs a senior Saudi royal had received in exchange for the multi-year, lucrative BAE Systems contract to provide equipment and training to Saudi security forces’.
More than anyone else, Prince Andrew (pictured) had enjoyed a serious military career of 22 years, serving as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War. This gave him an insight into military technology, including both advanced naval ships and aviation
Andrew’s salty comments surfaced shortly afterwards when the ambassador’s cable was released by WikiLeaks
Andrew then went on to attack ‘those [expletive] journalists’, especially from the Guardian, ‘who poke their noses everywhere’ and made it harder for British businessmen to do business.
Andrew’s salty comments surfaced shortly afterwards when the ambassador’s cable was released by WikiLeaks.
But the security services’ fears over him have now shifted to blackmail vulnerabilities over his friendship with the late billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
He strenuously denies knowledge of, or involvement in, Epstein’s activities but his friendship has created a potential counter-intelligence risk, with fears apparently that Russia could link Andrew to the abuse, thereby creating a blackmail — or ‘leverage’ — possibility.
Security officials have since reviewed the security of the Prince’s internet and phone connections in case of bugging.