Prince Andrew

As we reported earlier, Goga Ashkenazi – the mutual friend of Prince Andrew and Timur Kulibayev – said today that the Kazakh billionaire bought the prince’s £15m former home to convert it into a “charitable school”. The first step was to get planning permission, she said.

Sunninghill was never bought for personal use. The plan, as I understand it, is to convert it into a charitable school for bright Kazakh children who can come here to do their A-levels and then try for the top British universities. The first step is to get planning permission.

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Today’s must-read article for political types is an interview in the Evening Standard with Goga Ashkenazi, the glamorous Kazakh friend of Prince Andrew. Read more

Without plunging in the dagger to its hilt, Vince Cable made clear this morning that Prince Andrew should be carefully reflecting on whether to carry on as a UK trade envoy.

“He is a volunteer, he has offered to perform these roles. I think it’s down to him, essentially, to judge the position he wants to be in.”

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