Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie Got Pulled Into More Prince Andrew Legal Drama

They're named in a fraud case involving a Turkish millionaire.

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Prince Andrew emerged from his self-imposed exile a few days ago for Prince Philip's memorial service, but as royal fans were wondering why Queen Elizabeth still lets him show his face in public, his daughters have been named in a new legal case against the royals. According to The Telegraph, Turkish millionaire Nebahat Evyap Isbilen accused Goldman Sachs banker Selman Turk of taking £40 million from her accounts. £750,000 of that cash was transferred to Prince Andrew as a "wedding gift" to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie reportedly got £25,000.

It all goes back to August 2019, when the mysterious transfers were made and labeled with things like "BIRTHDAY GIFT." Isbilen thought that the initial payment to Andrew was for her to get a "new Turkish passport after she fled her homeland."

Turk explained that he believed the money was actually a gift for Beatrice's wedding, saying, "I have seen an email from Mr. Turk to Hampden Bank explaining that this transfer was a wedding gift to Princess Beatrice owing to the close connection between our families. This email is entirely false."

The Telegraph adds that neither Beatrice nor Eugenie are "believed to have had any knowledge of their parents' dealings with Mr. Turk" and didn't have any communication with him. A spokesman for Sarah Ferguson, who was also named in the case, told The Telegraph, "The duchess was completely unaware of the allegations that have since emerged against Mr. Turk. She is naturally concerned by what has been alleged against him."

According to Cosmopolitan, Eugenie released a statement saying that she had no knowledge of what was happening.

"On 31 March 2022, I received a letter from solicitors Peters & Peters representing their client Nebahat Evyap Isbilen in her claim against a Mr. Selman Turk, and various companies. I know neither Mrs. Isbilen nor Mr. Turk (nor any other details of the claim), and I was surprised to receive this letter, which asked me to explain two payments made to my bank account in October 2019 [...] I am now consulting with my lawyers who I have asked to respond to Peters & Peters on my behalf to assist in their inquiries."

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