Princess Beatrice tells friends she was ‘blindsided over £750,000 gift to Andrew

Princess Beatrice has complained to friends she was blindsided by revelations that an alleged Turkish fraudster provided a £750,000 ‘wedding gift’ ahead of her marriage.

The 33-year-old had no idea that anyone outside her family had sought to contribute to the cost of her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July 2020 before lurid reports making the allegation appeared last week.

A friend of the Princess last night insisted: ‘She knew nothing about this, poor thing.’

The wedding took place at the Royal Chapel in Windsor during the pandemic and, in order to meet Covid-19 rules, was attended by only 20 people.

Documents from a complex fraud case last week revealed that the mysterious £750,000 gift was transferred to the Coutts bank account of Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, at the request of a Turkish businessman called Selman Turk.

Documents from a complex fraud case last week revealed that the mysterious £750,000 gift was transferred to the Coutts bank account of Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, at the request of a Turkish businessman called Selman Turk

Beatrice has confided in friends that she is upset at her name is being linked to a fraud case and has no idea who Mr Turk is. The purpose of the £750,000 ‘wedding gift’ payment remains unclear

The papers say that, in addition, Beatrice’s sister Eugenie was paid £25,000 at the behest of Mr Turk and that her mother, Sarah Ferguson, received payments of at least £225,000 from him for work that she had carried out for a US firm called Pegasus Group Holdings.

Prince Andrew received a separate sum of £350,000 from Mr Turk, the papers state.

Mr Turk, an ex-Goldman Sachs banker, is being sued by Nebahat Evyap Isbilen, a millionairess who fled Turkey for Britain after her MP husband was jailed.

Mrs Isbilen, 77, claims Mr Turk stole £40 million from her. Of that sum, she alleges about £1.1 million went to Andrew and his family.

The papers say that, in addition, Beatrice's sister Eugenie was paid £25,000 at the behest of Mr Turk and that her mother, Sarah Ferguson, received payments of at least £225,000 from him for work that she had carried out for a US firm called Pegasus Group Holdings

The papers say that, in addition, Beatrice’s sister Eugenie was paid £25,000 at the behest of Mr Turk and that her mother, Sarah Ferguson, received payments of at least £225,000 from him for work that she had carried out for a US firm called Pegasus Group Holdings

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by the Prince or his family and they are not central to the case, which is at an early stage.

Beatrice has confided in friends that she is upset at her name is being linked to a fraud case and has no idea who Mr Turk is. The purpose of the £750,000 ‘wedding gift’ payment remains unclear.

The marriage service was small and there was no large party of the kind that her younger sister had enjoyed after she married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.

In court papers, Mrs Isbilen alleges she was tricked by Mr Turk into paying Andrew because he had helped her obtain a passport to leave Turkey and enter Britain.

There is no suggestion the Prince offered such assistance and he repaid the money transferred to his Coutts account to Mrs Isbilen in November 2019.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by the Prince or his family and they are not central to the case, which is at an early stage

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by the Prince or his family and they are not central to the case, which is at an early stage

In court papers, Mrs Isbilen alleges she was tricked by Mr Turk (pictured) into paying Andrew because he had helped her obtain a passport to leave Turkey and enter Britain

In court papers, Mrs Isbilen alleges she was tricked by Mr Turk (pictured) into paying Andrew because he had helped her obtain a passport to leave Turkey and enter Britain

The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that Mrs Isbilen’s bank telephoned the Prince’s office before the transfer was made to ask what the money was for.

According to a transcript, Andrew’s then private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, said: ‘It’s a gift for the wedding, a wedding gift.’

Mrs Thirsk said this weekend that she could not remember the conversation, adding: ‘As a person of integrity, I would not be involved in anything improper.’ The Prince has so far declined to comment due to the court proceedings, but it has been pointed out that Mr Turk attended an event at Buckingham Palace for Pitch@Palace, the Duke’s Dragons’ Den-style mentoring network, nine days before the transfer of the £750,000.

Mr Turk, 35, who won an award at the event, has strongly denied Mrs Isbilen’s allegations.