‘I saw Andrew with Virginia Roberts at Tramp on fateful night too’: Second witness tells US lawyer

A new witness has come forward to corroborate claims that Prince Andrew was dancing with his alleged accuser at Tramp nightclub, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Virginia Roberts says convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the Prince after a night of dancing at the trendy London club in March 2001.

After watching the Prince deny Ms Roberts’s claims during his ‘car-crash’ interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC‘s Newsnight, a woman came forward to insist she had seen him at Tramp that evening.  

New witness: A second witness has come forward to claim she saw the prince dancing with his alleged accuser Virginia Roberts

Speaking out: Lisa Bloom, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who represents five of shamed US financier Epstein's victims was taking two witness to speak to the FBI

Speaking out: Lisa Bloom, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who represents five of shamed US financier Epstein’s victims was taking two witness to speak to the FBI

Accuser: Virginia Roberts claims Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew after dancing with him in March 2001

Accuser: Virginia Roberts claims Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew after dancing with him in March 2001

Lisa Bloom, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who represents five of shamed US financier Epstein’s victims, last week flew to London to interview her – and appeared on ITV breakfast show This Morning.

Now, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that during the trip Ms Bloom tracked down a second person – a friend of the woman she originally came to interview – who supports her account of the night in question.

During last month’s interview at Buckingham Palace, the Prince said he was not at Tramp and had taken his eldest daughter Beatrice to a party at Pizza Express in Woking that afternoon before returning home.

But Ms Bloom last night told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The first woman, a Londoner, contacted me after she saw Prince Andrew’s interview.

‘She was very disappointed that he denied knowing Virginia and denied being at the nightclub. That’s what spurred her to come forward. No-one should be above the law.’

Ms Bloom said the first witness was with a friend who has corroborated her story and also saw the Prince dancing with Ms Roberts.

She declined to go in to details, saying only she was preparing to take the two witnesses to America to speak to the FBI.

She added: ‘The FBI is looking in to Prince Andrew. They want to speak to him. He’s said he wants to cooperate with law enforcement and yet it doesn’t seem to be happening, so I would like to help this move forward.

‘The woman was in Tramp with a friend who said, ‘Look, there’s Prince Andrew.’

‘She looked at him [Andrew] and was very struck by him because she’d never been in a room with a Royal before, and she never has been since. She stared at him.

‘He was with a young woman who she now knows was Virginia Roberts.

‘She remembers that Prince Andrew was smiling and seemed to be happy and Virginia was not. Virginia not smiling made an impression too.’

Ms Bloom added: ‘I don’t want to go in to too much detail at this stage but both of them are credible witnesses.

‘We are at the stage where we are investigating and corroborating and then we will take them [the witnesses] to the FBI. The problem Prince Andrew has is that people meet him, or even see him, and it’s very memorable for them.

‘It’s not memorable for him because he meets people every day but people remember meeting a member of the Royal Family.’

Ms Roberts, who now goes by her married name of Giuffre, claims she was 17 when she was ‘trafficked’ to Prince Andrew by Epstein and the financier’s then girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. 

'Trafficked': Epstiein's then girlfriend and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is said to have 'trafficked' Virginia Roberts to the prince

‘Trafficked’: Epstiein’s then girlfriend and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is said to have ‘trafficked’ Virginia Roberts to the prince 

Backlash: The prince has been forced to withdraw from public life due to his connection with Epstein

Backlash: The prince has been forced to withdraw from public life due to his connection with Epstein

In a BBC Panorama interview broadcast last week, the now 35-year-old mother of three told how the Prince was ‘pouring with sweat’ on the dance floor and said she felt ‘horrified and ashamed’ when she was forced to have sex with him when they returned to Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia mews house.

‘He knows what happened. I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth. And I know that’s me,’ she added.

Prince Andrew says her claim that he was ‘raining with sweat’ on the dance floor cannot be true because he did not perspire at the time due to a medical condition brought on by a surge of adrenaline after being shot at during the Falklands War.

Asked if either of the two new witnesses saw the Prince sweating, Ms Bloom said: ‘I’m not going in to specific details at this time as our investigation is ongoing.’

Buckingham Palace has repeatedly and categorically denied Ms Roberts’s claims, which they describe as ‘demonstrably false and untrue’.

However, a backlash that followed the Newsnight interview forced Prince Andrew to step back from his public duties. Epstein killed himself in jail in August as he faced multiple child sex charges.

More than 80 women have now come forward to claim he sexually assaulted them.     

Unedited Fawlty Towers episode containing the N-word is broadcast on Britbox 

Unedited Fawlty Towers episode containing the N-word is broadcast on BBC’s new Netflix-style streaming service Britbox

  • Writers work should not be ‘tampered in order to make yourself feel better’
  • Twelve episodes of Fawlty Towers are to be shown on BritBox streaming service
  • Fawlty’s Mayor says ‘all cricketers are n*****s’ in an episode soon available 
  • Ex-Commissioner says people offended should just avoid watching the episode 

Uncensored: Ballard Berkeley as Major Gowen in the 1970s comedy

The BBC’s new Netflix-style streaming service is offering viewers an unedited Fawlty Towers episode from which the N-word and other offensive terms had previously been cut.

The Germans is fondly remembered for the repeated line by John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty: ‘Don’t mention the war.’

But the episode, first broadcast in 1975, also features a stream of racist language when long-term hotel resident Major Gowen, played by Ballard Berkeley, recalls the time he took a female friend to watch cricket at The Oval.

The Major says: ‘The strange thing was that throughout the morning she kept referring to the Indians as n*****s.’ He adds: ‘ “No, no, no, no,” I said, “n*****s are West Indians, these people are w**s”.

‘ “No, no, no,” she said, “all cricketers are n*****s”.’ In 2013, the BBC removed the offensive language from future broadcasts on the grounds that public attitudes had ‘changed significantly’, acting with the full backing of writer Cleese.

Among the 12 episodes available to download on subscription service BritBox, is The Germans where actor Stephen Hall impersonates Hitler. It is accompanied by a message to viewers: '‘Contains some offensive racial language of the time and upsetting scenes'

Among the 12 episodes available to download on subscription service BritBox, is The Germans where actor Stephen Hall impersonates Hitler. It is accompanied by a message to viewers: ‘‘Contains some offensive racial language of the time and upsetting scenes’

All 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers are now available on Britbox, the new joint initiative between the BBC and ITV which is supposed to rival Netflix. Most of them are accompanied by warnings which relate to language and content.

The Germans is preceded by the message: ‘Contains some offensive racial language of the time and upsetting scenes.’

Critics were last night divided over the decision to reinstate the offensive terms. Comedy writer David Quantick said: ‘I hope it’s a mistake because I don’t think the BBC is in the habit of promoting racist language. If I watched an episode with the N-word included it would get in the way and I would just be thinking about that for the next half an hour.’

This comes as BritBox has announced it is streaming episodes without editing the language. The N-word should not be edited out of Fawlty Towers 'in order [for people to] make [themselves] feel better', according to Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

 This comes as BritBox has announced it is streaming episodes without editing the language. The N-word should not be edited out of Fawlty Towers ‘in order [for people to] make [themselves] feel better’, according to Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

But impressionist Rory Bremner said: ‘It’s quite clear that John Cleese was ridiculing colonial attitudes. The laugh is at the Major’s expense, not the races mentioned.’

Steve Bennett, editor of comedy website Chortle, said: ‘I can understand the need to remove words and scenes that sound appalling to modern ears from comedies that are repeated on terrestrial TV, which comes uninvited into the living room. But on-demand is different, especially if viewers are warned beforehand about questionable content. Keeping in such scenes is useful to give an insight into how attitudes have changed.

The service, available for £5.99-per-month, shows current and archive programmes but will not have any original content until 2020

The service, available for £5.99-per-month, shows current and archive programmes but will not have any original content until 2020

‘There were people like the Major, and probably still are, and erasing them from history doesn’t erase their views.’

And Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, added: ‘I am against the removal of these kind of references. If you think the terms are unacceptable do not play the episodes. Do not tamper with the works of writers who created them at a particular time in order to make yourself feel better.’

Britbox said: ‘We’ve carefully selected a wide range of the very best in British programming and…we’ve also labelled content appropriately with language warnings.’

'Keeping in such scenes is useful to give an insight into how attitudes have changed', says Steve Bennett, editor of comedy website Chortle

‘Keeping in such scenes is useful to give an insight into how attitudes have changed’, says Steve Bennett, editor of comedy website Chortle

 

Fur-stive greetings! More money is spent at Christmas on pets than grandparents, survey finds

Fur-stive greetings! More money is spent at Christmas on pets than grandparents – but children under 16 still come out on top, survey finds

  •  £20.02 is splashed out on average on grandparents but £27.34 is spent on pets
  •  Britons will spend £33 billion on Christmas gifts during the course of this year
  •  Experts are warning people ‘it’s easy to fall into debt’ at Christmas

Grandparents in the UK have less money spent on them at Christmas than the family pet, according to a survey.

A poll of 2,000 Britons found that the average person spends just £20.02 on each grandparent compared with £27.34 on a pet.

The highest spending was on children under 16, at £129.79, partners, £120.51, children over 16, £105.99, mums, £63.51, dads, £51.81, and siblings, £47.46.

Festive treat: But grandparents will not be spoilt as much as pets when it comes to festive presents 

Spoilt pets: Dogs will be among the pets which will have lots of cash splashed out on them this Christmas

Spoilt pets: Dogs will be among the pets which will have lots of cash splashed out on them this Christmas

Festive surprise: Some families end up falling into debt as they try to keep up with the demands of Christmas

Festive surprise: Some families end up falling into debt as they try to keep up with the demands of Christmas

Special gifts: Pets will be given lots of gifts but it will be children under 16 who get the most presents

Special gifts: Pets will be given lots of gifts but it will be children under 16 who get the most presents

 It is estimated that Britons will spent a total of £33 billion on Christmas gifts this year.

Salman Haqqi, of money.co.uk which carried out the poll, urged people to budget. ‘With high expectations to meet, it’s easy to fall into debt,’ he added.                

Prince Andrew made a secret deal to fly around the world on a tax haven tycoon’s £40m luxury jet…

Prince Andrew (right) with David Rowland at the financier’s luxury home on the island of Guernsey who is said to have provided him with private jets

Prince Andrew made a secret deal to fly around the world on a £40million luxury jet owned by a controversial financier whose private bank he quietly promoted while working as Britain’s overseas trade envoy.

A leaked email reveals how Andrew fixed it so that property tycoon David Rowland’s sumptuous 14-seat plane was used for some of his overseas Royal engagements after the Prince became ‘frustrated’ with the ageing aircraft provided by the RAF.

Records unearthed by The Mail on Sunday show how in the last two years Andrew has travelled on the Global Express at least five times while on official Royal duties, some of which he combined with promoting his treasured [email protected] project or Mr Rowland’s latest business venture.

The email also reveals how Andrew, Britain’s roving trade ambassador between 2001 and 2011, sought assurances that the aircraft would have tight security while it was on the ground at Farnborough airport in Hampshire, because ‘it was going to be used by members of the Royal Family’.

Last night, Buckingham Palace said the flights were not taxpayer funded but refused to explain how they were paid for, other than to say the matter was ‘private’. A spokesman also refused to say which Royals had used the jet or who met the security bill.

Sumptuous: The luxury interior of a Bombardier Global Express jet owned by Rowland, costing  up to £7,600 per hour to hire, which was used by Prince Andrew to fly to the United Arab Emirates. In a leaked letter to a Bombardier sales executive, Rowland said: ‘The quality of it, from its flying capacity to its fantastic interior and paintwork, has exceeded all expectation’

Sumptuous: The luxury interior of a Bombardier Global Express jet owned by Rowland, costing  up to £7,600 per hour to hire, which was used by Prince Andrew to fly to the United Arab Emirates. In a leaked letter to a Bombardier sales executive, Rowland said: ‘The quality of it, from its flying capacity to its fantastic interior and paintwork, has exceeded all expectation’

The extraordinary deal was struck in 2010 when Prince Andrew was still UK trade envoy but records reveal he flew on the executive jet as recently as this May.

In October last year, records show the plane flew to the United Arab Emirates. The Court Circular reveals that only the next day Andrew was yet again cutting the ribbon on one of Mr Rowland’s banks following a multi-million-pound deal.

The Duke had previously opened a bank owned by the Rowlands in the tax haven of Luxembourg in September 2009 and then one in Monaco in 2012. In the eight days after opening the headquarters of the Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank in Abu Dhabi, Andrew attended three [email protected] events there.

The Duke wrote to Mansour Ojjeh, President of Tag Group, where he outlined a deal claiming to have helped Rowland purchase his new Bombardier jet (pictured). He asked Ojjeh for reassurances that the jet would maintain high safety standards as it was to be used by the Royal family

The Duke wrote to Mansour Ojjeh, President of Tag Group, where he outlined a deal claiming to have helped Rowland purchase his new Bombardier jet (pictured). He asked Ojjeh for reassurances that the jet would maintain high safety standards as it was to be used by the Royal family

Andrew’s use of the top-of-the-range jet is bound to raise questions over whether the Duke was left indebted to the Rowland family. In fact, in a separate gushing email to Jonathan Rowland – David’s 44-year-old son and loyal business lieutenant – Andrew barely disguises his joy at the arrangement.

‘I am deeply, deeply grateful to your father for making this possible,’ he wrote. ‘I have a completely different outlook on life and its possibilities now. Whilst trying not to let it go to my head! Very difficult!’

Last week, the MoS revealed how Andrew quietly plugged the Rowlands’ Luxembourg-based bank for the super-rich while on overseas trade envoy missions. We showed how the Duke allowed the Rowlands to shoehorn meetings into his trade tours so they could expand the bank and woo wealthy clients.

One senior Tory last night said the jet deal had ‘conflict of interest written in 6ft-high print’. Nigel Mills, before the Election a member of the Commons public accounts committee, pledged that if re-elected this week, he will demand a probe by the National Audit Office spending watchdog.

Prince Andrew attends a military air display event on November 25, 2010 in Abu Dhabi. In October last year, records show the Global Express plane flew to the United Arab Emirates. The Court Circular reveals that only the next day Andrew was yet again cutting the ribbon on one of Mr Rowland’s banks following a multi-million-pound deal

Prince Andrew attends a military air display event on November 25, 2010 in Abu Dhabi. In October last year, records show the Global Express plane flew to the United Arab Emirates. The Court Circular reveals that only the next day Andrew was yet again cutting the ribbon on one of Mr Rowland’s banks following a multi-million-pound deal

‘It poses real questions about whether when he was performing Royal duties he was doing that in the national interest or in the interests of his mates. And that is something which should be independently looked at,’ Mr Mills said.

With a range of more than 7,000 miles and a luxurious cabin fitted out to the exact requirements of the owner, the Global Express was certainly an impressive choice of jet. Gary Dukes, an account executive at Privé Jets, a US firm that brokers private jet travel, said such an aircraft would cost up to £7,600 per hour to hire, adding: ‘There is not a set price but hourly costs can be between £5,900 and £7,600 – that includes pilots, fuel, everything.’

David Rowland was thrilled by his new plane after a ‘delivery ceremony and dinner’ hosted by its manufacturer Bombardier in December 2010. ‘It is a great aeroplane!’ he wrote in a leaked letter to a Bombardier sales executive. ‘The quality of it, from its flying capacity to its fantastic interior and paintwork, has exceeded all expectation.’

It was a stark contrast to the tired RAF executive jets of 32 Squadron used by the Royals and other dignitaries. Some of the jets dated back to the 1970s and were unable to fly across the Atlantic.

The Duke combined a four-day visit to Abu Dhabi (pictured in 2009) and the Crown Prince and an international school with three Pitch@Palace events. Here he is presented a white Gyr falcon on behalf of Abu Dhabi

The Duke combined a four-day visit to Abu Dhabi (pictured in 2009) and the Crown Prince and an international school with three [email protected] events. Here he is presented a white Gyr falcon on behalf of Abu Dhabi

In the astonishing leaked email, Andrew told Mansour Ojjeh, President of Tag Group, the then owner of Farnborough airport, that he was fed up with the Government’s failure to replace the aircraft.

‘Over the last few years, I have been increasingly frustrated at the Government’s lack of action and inability to see the need for replacement of the aircraft of the current Royal Flight,’ he said. In the late 1990s, Andrew, then still a Royal Navy officer, recommended privatising the Royal Family’s helicopters. This led to the Queen leasing a US-built helicopter instead of using two RAF Wessex helicopters.

But in his email he lamented that he had failed to persuade the Government to also privatise the Royal Flight’s fixed-wing aircraft.

And in a series of extraordinary comments, he revealed to Mr Ojjeh that he had taken matters into his own hands and approached ‘a number of private providers’.

Buckingham Palace last week refused to say how many aircraft owners the Duke spoke to – but his friend David Rowland was clearly one of them. Andrew outlined to Mr Ojjeh a deal in which he claimed to have helped Mr Rowland purchase his new Bombardier jet by buying time on the jet ‘in advance’.

Pictured: Financier David Rowland arrives at Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank. Ex-MP Nigel Mills is to demand a probe by National Audit Office spending watchdog into the £40m jet owned by the financier (pictured)

Pictured: Financier David Rowland arrives at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank. Ex-MP Nigel Mills is to demand a probe by National Audit Office spending watchdog into the £40m jet owned by the financier (pictured)

‘I successfully moved the helicopter provision from the RAF to Civilian commercial nearly 10 years ago but the fixed-wing element has been as I say, frustrating in the extreme. In order to do something I went to discuss with a number of private providers the possibility of finding an alternative solution.

‘This I have managed to do and in the process have helped the owner by buying a number of hours per year in advance to help him with a potential purchase.

‘Cutting a long story short, I have contracted with David Rowland for use of his aircraft (which I helped him purchase from Bombardier).’

Pictured: Conversations between Jonathan Rowland, Prince Sultan bin Salman and the King of Bahrain's advisor

Pictured: Conversations between Jonathan Rowland, Prince Sultan bin Salman and the King of Bahrain’s advisor

Buckingham Palace also refused to explain the financing of the arrangement but the Duke’s claim to have paid for access to the jet raises more questions about his mysterious finances.

Andrew’s only official income amounts to a £20,000-a-year Navy pension and a reported £249,000 paid privately each year by the Queen to run his official office. The Prince’s reason for writing to Mr Ojjeh was to seek assurances that the jet would be kept securely at Farnborough, Britain’s private jet hub.

‘I am concerned about the security of this aircraft as it is going to be used by members of the Royal Family and I would like to know it is well secure whilst it is on the ground at Farnborough.’ The Prince sent a draft of the email to Jonathan Rowland, asking for ‘any comments/additions/deletions?’

The jet deal further illustrates the extraordinarily close ties between Andrew and David Rowland, who was a tax exile for more than 30 years and who helped pay off Sarah Ferguson’s debts. In 2010, David Rowland quit as Tory Party treasurer amid controversy surrounding his business affairs.

Andrew (pictured earlier this year) was expected to travel to the Middle East in mid November as part of his Pitch project but has cancelled plans following reported pressure from his family

Andrew (pictured earlier this year) was expected to travel to the Middle East in mid November as part of his Pitch project but has cancelled plans following reported pressure from his family

The MoS can reveal how Prince Andrew appeared to use Mr Rowland’s jet to fly to the Middle East for a visit in which he gave the Royal seal of approval to another one of his friend’s lucrative business ventures. Buckingham Palace’s Court Circular shows that Andrew opened the headquarters of the Anglo Gulf Trade Bank in Abu Dhabi’s glittering Al Maqm Tower, a 37-storey glass skyscraper on October 16, 2018. The bank is a joint venture between AGTB Holdings, a Rowland family-controlled company, and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company.

Andrew was pictured cutting a ribbon in front of Edmund Rowland, David’s 34-year-old son who became the bank’s chief executive.

Rowland, Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth II before the start of the Gold Cup race on June 22, 2006. The Duke's most recent flight on Mr Rowland’s jet was in May, when he flew to Canada for a six-day visit. Publicly available flight records show the aircraft flew from Farnborough to Halifax Stanfield airport in Nova Scotia on May 23

Rowland, Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth II before the start of the Gold Cup race on June 22, 2006. The Duke’s most recent flight on Mr Rowland’s jet was in May, when he flew to Canada for a six-day visit. Publicly available flight records show the aircraft flew from Farnborough to Halifax Stanfield airport in Nova Scotia on May 23

Intriguingly, the Court Circular makes no mention of how and when Andrew arrived in Abu Dhabi. But the MoS has obtained flight records for Mr Rowland’s Global Express that show it flew from Farnborough to Abu Dhabi – a six-hour, 47-minute flight – the day before the opening ceremony. The bank’s bosses were thrilled the Duke had brought some Royal stardust to their launch.

‘Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank will have a real impact on the way that international trade is carried out and that is why the inauguration of our Abu Dhabi headquarters… by the Duke of York is such an important moment,’ said Jeremy Parrish, the bank’s chairman.

While in Abu Dhabi, the Prince also attended three events for [email protected] – his business venture which matches investors with tech start-up companies – including one at Emirates Palace, a luxury five-star holiday resort.

Prince Andrew’s most recent flight on Mr Rowland’s jet was in May, when he flew to Canada for a six-day visit. Publicly available flight records show the aircraft flew from Farnborough to Halifax Stanfield airport in Nova Scotia on May 23.

The 2nd International Festival of Falconry sponsored by the Emirates Falconers' Club from Abu Dhabi held in the grounds of the Englefield Estate,Theale, Berkshire, Britain. Buckingham Palace has said none of the Duke's flights detailed were paid for by the Sovereign Grant

The 2nd International Festival of Falconry sponsored by the Emirates Falconers’ Club from Abu Dhabi held in the grounds of the Englefield Estate,Theale, Berkshire, Britain. Buckingham Palace has said none of the Duke’s flights detailed were paid for by the Sovereign Grant

That night, according to the Court Circular, Buckingham Palace’s register of official engagements, the Duke attended a dinner hosted by Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governor.

The jet then appears to have whisked him to Toronto for more official engagements, including a visit to Lakefield College School – a private school in Ontario where, as a 17-year-old, he enjoyed a blissful six months. The visit could be his last. Following his disastrous BBC interview about links to Jeffrey Epstein, Lakefield’s head last month confirmed Andrew is no longer the honorary chairman of its foundation.

Pictured: Email exchanges between Andrew, his aide Amanda Thirsk and Jonathan Rowland

Pictured: Email exchanges between Andrew, his aide Amanda Thirsk and Jonathan Rowland

The Canada tour was one of more than 30 foreign trips since 2014 in which Andrew promoted [email protected] – he attended a so-called ‘boot camp’ for the project in Toronto and an event at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Duke, known as ‘Air Miles Andy’, left Toronto on May 28, arriving in Farnborough the following day, according to the Court Circular. This exactly matched a six-hour, 13-minute flight recorded for Mr Rowland’s jet.

His schedule had also exactly matched the flight logs of Mr Rowland’s aircraft two months earlier. Andrew arrived at Bahrain International airport on the evening of March 25, according to the Court Circular. Mr Rowland’s Global Express touched down at the same airport at 7.22pm that night.

The Duke visited the Royal Navy’s £40 million support base at Mina Salman and had dinner with the King of Bahrain – and he also attended two [email protected] events.

It was a similar picture in October 2017, when during a four-day visit to Abu Dhabi he combined visits to Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and an international school with three [email protected] events.

This time, it appears he flew home on his friend’s luxury jet. The Court Circular records that he arrived at Luton airport on October 5 – as did Mr Rowland’s Global Express.

Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Sovereign Grant funds official overseas travel by members of the Royal Family, at request of Government. None of the flights detailed were paid for by the Sovereign Grant.’

The Rowlands declined to comment for legal reasons. Farnborough airport said: ‘We do not comment on flights operating from the airport.’ 

Prince agreed to Rowland request for Palace meeting with Chinese bank boss 

Prince Andrew agreed to a Buckingham Palace meeting with Chinese bank bosses who his business associates were trying to land as clients. The Duke’s willingness to host a meeting at the Palace is likely to fuel claims he exploited his role as Britain’s trade envoy to work behind the scenes for David Rowland.

Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed how Andrew helped plug a foreign bank for the super-rich owned by the Rowland family during a taxpayer-funded trip to China. Now, leaked messages from April 2011, three months before Andrew quit as trade envoy, show how Jonathan Rowland, David’s son and business lieutenant, requested the use of Buckingham Palace to impress potential Chinese banking clients.

‘We are in Shanghai and just met with Bank Communications Chairman,’ he wrote to Andrew. ‘We are trying to sign a deal to be there [sic] partner in Europe. Would it be ok to invite them to meet you at BP [Buckingham Palace] next time they come to the UK?’ Andrew agreed, although he suggested Royal Lodge – his grand home in Windsor Great Park – might be a more discreet location. ‘YES. Let me check and get back as RL [Royal Lodge] might be better and more private.’

Palace sources said there were no records to suggest a private meeting took place between the Duke and Bank of Communications representatives. Jonathan Rowland declined to comment for legal reasons.

     

Britain set to be lashed by 70mph gales and wintery showers as Storm Atiyah slams into the country 

Britain is set to be lashed by 70mph gales and wintery showers as Storm Atiyah slams into the country

  • Severe yellow weather warning is in place for the region along with the west coast of Wales until tomorrow
  • Downpours could turn to snow showers in the Midlands and the North on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Storm Atiyah is expected to be followed by Storm Brendan on Thursday meaning no let up for Britain

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Britain is set to be lashed by gales and wintery showers as Storm Atiyah slams into the country – bringing up to four inches of snow.

Gusts of up to 70mph are expected along coastal areas of the South West today, with the threat of power cuts and travel misery in the run-up to Christmas.

A severe yellow weather warning is in place for the region along with the west coast of Wales from 3pm today until 9am tomorrow. 

Britain is set to be lashed by gales and wintery showers as Storm Atiyah slams into the country – bringing up to four inches of snow. Pictured: Strong winds did not stop walkers heading to the beach in Tynemouth in North East England

Downpours could turn to snow showers in the Midlands and the North on Tuesday and Wednesday as the wintry blast lingers in the UK. 

And there may be no let up when Britons go to the polls in the General Election on Thursday as Storm Atiyah is expected to be followed by Storm Brendan.

Waves as high as 28ft could smash into Scotland’s west coast, with 40ft waves offshore as the winter storm gathers strength.

According to the Met Office, the coming weeks, including Christmas, will see heavy showers with the worst weather expected in the North.   

Downpours could turn to snow showers in the Midlands and the North on Tuesday and Wednesday as the wintry blast lingers in the UK. Pictured: Frost covers the ground in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire

Downpours could turn to snow showers in the Midlands and the North on Tuesday and Wednesday as the wintry blast lingers in the UK. Pictured: Frost covers the ground in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire

Waves as high as 28ft could smash into Scotland's west coast, with 40ft waves offshore as the winter storm gathers strength. Pictured: A dog running along the Tynemouth beach

Waves as high as 28ft could smash into Scotland’s west coast, with 40ft waves offshore as the winter storm gathers strength. Pictured: A dog running along the Tynemouth beach

Storm Atiyah is expected to be followed by Storm Brendan

Storm Atiyah is expected to be followed by Storm Brendan

There may be no let up when Britons go to the polls in the General Election on Thursday as Storm Atiyah is expected to be followed by Storm Brendan 

The Met Office’s deputy chief Meteorologist Tony Wardle said: ‘The UK is in for an unsettled period of weather with some very strong winds, especially along the west coast.

‘Gusts of 50-60mph are expected quite widely inland, with up to 70mph gusts around some coastal locations. 

‘As well as strong winds there will be large coastal waves in the South West, so bear this in mind before heading out in these regions. 

‘[Tomorrow] will be a much-improved day with brighter and drier conditions moving in from the west before another period of wet and windy weather on Tuesday.’

The Environment Agency warned of the risk of flooding in coastal areas of the East and South tomorrow and inland areas of the West on Tuesday.