Writing for the London-based Daily Mail, Rebecca English writes about an unexplained “secret” visit to Azerbaijan by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, on the taxpayers’ dime after stepping down from his controversial role as a trade representative for the United Kingdom.
“Andrew has visited its leader, President Ilham Aliyev – accused of torturing political opponents and election rigging – eight times in the last six years, with two of the trips described as ‘entirely private,’” said English in her report.
“The regularity of his visits has led media in Azerbaijan to speculate that he may have business links to the oil-rich state, including a golf resort on the Caspian Sea. However Buckingham Palace has denied this,” added English.
This issue has raised eyebrows in England, where Prince Andrew has earned a reputation of flying on taxpayer money, while the country is reeling from the global economic crisis.
Read the entire Daily Mail article.