Prince Andrew may become a witness in a High Court case between a businessman and a private investigation firm.
According to Mail Online, the court case is between billionaire Arvind Tiku and a company called S-RM Intelligence. Mr. Tiku is suing S-RM for £50,000 damages to personal dignity, autonomy, and integrity over a report the firm wrote about him.
The Duke of York is not a party to the litigation but is only linked due to his former Sunninghill Park mansion home. Buckingham Palace have previously denied he wrongly benefitted from the sale.
Andrew sold the sprawling Berkshire property in 2007 to Kazakh tycoon called Timur Kulibayev in a £15million deal.
The PI report alleges there were suspicions the estate was bought to launder money which had come from the sale of Kazakh assets. Andrew’s representatives say it was a straightforward commercial transaction, as does Mr. Kulibayev.
But now Mr Tiku – who is named in the report as a ‘trusted representative’ of Mr. Kulibayev – has issued a High Court writ disputing the allegations and accusing authors S-RM Intelligence of breaching data-protection rights.
Mr. Kulibayev has consistently denied accusations he laundered money and rebutted claims he paid over the asking price for the Sunninghill Park.
Mr. Tiku’s lawyers insist all of the allegations had been investigated and no wrongdoing had been found.
The lawyers insist he did not embezzle funds and did not launder cash by helping buy Sunninghill Park. They also deny he was ever a ‘trusted representative’ of Mr Kulibayev or ever held assets for him.
His writ also accuses S-RM Intelligence of wrongfully processing his personal data. The writ is seeking £50,000 for damages to personal dignity, autonomy, and integrity.
The Sunninghill Park was gifted by the Queen to her second son as a wedding gift.