독특한: Princess Haya’s bodyguard lover was NOT involved in ‘blackmail’ plot that saw her pay out £7million to keep affair secret from her husband the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, his friends insist
Princess Haya’s bodyguard lover was not involved in an alleged blackmail plot that saw her pay £7million to keep the affair quiet, according to his friends and former colleagues.
They insisted former soldier Russell Flowers did not demand any money at the end of their two-year affair.
대신, he was paid £1.2m as part of a deal to sign a non-disclosure agreement that prevents him from ever speaking about the relationship with the wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum.
‘There was no blackmail by Russell,’ said a friend. ‘He is not like that, and it did not happen.’
코넬리우스를 대리하는 변호사들은 앞으로 몇 주 안에 코넬리우스의 사건에 항의하여 두바이 정권의 고위 인사들에게 자산 동결과 여행 금지를 부과하도록 영국과 미국 정부에 청원할 계획입니다. (가운데) and her then bodyguard Russell Flowers (왼쪽) had an affair, it was previously reported. Also pictured is Sheikh Mohammed in a photo taken at Ascot
A former colleague said: ‘It was standard practice when leaving the employment of the Dubai royal family to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
‘That is the way they operate and have done for many years. When the agreement is signed a financial settlement is agreed.’
코넬리우스를 대리하는 변호사들은 앞으로 몇 주 안에 코넬리우스의 사건에 항의하여 두바이 정권의 고위 인사들에게 자산 동결과 여행 금지를 부과하도록 영국과 미국 정부에 청원할 계획입니다., who will receive a record £554m in a divorce settlement announced yesterday, had told the High Court she was the victim of an alleged blackmail by four members of her security team.
She claimed three of them were paid almost £7m to stay silent about the affair.
They were not named in court but identified as Mr A, B and C.
Mr A was paid £2.5m while the other two shared £4.45m
A fourth bodyguard Identified as Mr D was paid £1.2m.
Referencing the allegations made by the princess, Mr Justice Moor said in the judgment that she had ‘dealt with a number of payments that had been made to four security staff during the marriage.
‘These individuals had blackmailed HRH over an affair she had.’
Mr Flowers, who served for five years in the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, started working for Haya full time in 2016 and accompanied her on many trips abroad
MailOnline first revealed that he started an affair with Princess Haya after he was assigned to her at the sheikh’s 3,000 acre estate Dalham Hall in Suffolk
Former soldier Flowers, 38, was not named in the High Court proceedings but has previously been identified as the Princess’s lover.
MailOnline revealed last year friends had said he received £1.2m when the affair with the Princess – which ended her marriage and led to her fleeing Dubai in fear of her life – came to an end in 2018.
Flowers refused to make any comment when approached by Mail Online.
The court was told by Haya’s lawyers that £500,000 was needed each year for ‘severance pay’ for members of the Princess’s security staff.
판사, Mr Justice Moor, reduced this to £150,000 a year in his final judgement.
그는 말했다: ‘The first is the figure for severance costs. I simply cannot believe that it is necessary to spend the best part of £500,000 per annum on this item.
‘I have not been given a breakdown of what has actually been spent to date, other than that there have been payments but the figure has been reduced significantly.
‘I consider the correct way to deal with this is by way of tighter contracts and, 그러나 그들은 불행히도 작동하지 않습니다, injunctions but I have allowed a figure of £150,000 per annum which seems more than sufficient to cover this aspect.’
Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya on the second day of Royal Ascot in 2008
A former colleague of Flowers said: ‘The £500,000 a year shows how the family operated and rather than let any secrets out were happy to pay off people.’
Flowers was assigned to the Princess when he joined her security team at the 3,000-acre Dalham Hall estate near Newmarket in Suffolk.
Friends said he would have an adjoining hotel room on overseas trips and the Princess lavished him with expensive gifts, including a vintage shotgun, watch and personalised number plate.
His wife discovered the affair when she saw photos of the Princess in a bikini on his mobile phone and condoms in his washbag.
A close friend of his wife told MailOnline: ‘Russell’s wife believed he was seduced by the money and gifts. She gave him lots of expensive gifts and made sure that he was always by her side.’
During the High Court hearing the opulent lifestyle of the Princess and her 72-year-old husband was revealed with one example being £2m being spent on strawberries in one year.
Princess Haya will receive a lump sum payment of £251m as part of a ‘clean break’ from the Qatari ruler
The court was told Haya had an allowance of £9m a year and a £83m budget to run the royal palaces.
The £554m settlement is the biggest ever made by a UK court. Princess Haya will receive £251m as part of a clean break with the bulk of the money used to pay for security.
A further £290m will be paid into a bank account and used for the £11m a year maintenance for the couple’s two children Jalila and Zayed.
The court was told the family need round the clock protection for fear of the sheikh who was said to pose the greatest risk to their safety after he had allegedly ordered the kidnapping of two of his runaway daughters, Princess Shamsa in 2000 and Princess Latifa in 2018.