In a High Court case, Turkish millionaire Nebahat Evyap Isbilen claims that she entrusted her financial advisor Selman Turk with £67 million, including payments to Prince Andrew totaling more than £1 million, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson for £225,000 and his daughter Princess Eugenie for £25,000, according to The Telegraph.
Included in the money paid to Queen Elizabeth’s son was a payment of £750,000 made in November 2019, days after Turk won a prize at Prince Andrew’s Shark Tank-style Pitch@Palace competition for entrepreneurs, according to the complaint.
Isbilen says she believed the payment was for the prince’s assistance with obtaining a new passport after she fled the country, where her husband is imprisoned. However, Turk and Prince Andrew’s office allegedly later told her bankers that the sum was a “wedding gift” for Princess Beatrice, who married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July 2020.
When Andrew was contacted about the payment by Isbilen’s lawyers in March 2021, he returned the £750,000, according to court documents.
Buckingham Palace had no comment when reached by PEOPLE, while a representative for the Duke of York tells PEOPLE that they are unable to comment on an ongoing legal case.
According to The Telegraph, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are not believed to have had any knowledge of their parents’ dealings with Turk, nor knowingly corresponded with him.
In a statement shared with PEOPLE, Princess Eugenie said: “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, which I understood to be gifts from a long-standing family friend to assist with the cost of a surprise party for my mother, Sarah, Duchess of York’s sixtieth birthday.
“In early October 2019 I had received a call from our family friend saying that he wanted to make a financial contribution towards my mother’s birthday party to assist with the catering costs. I suggested that any contribution could be made directly to the caterers, but in the event provided my account details to which two payments were made totalling £25,000, which I then transferred on to the company organising my mother’s party.
“I am now consulting with my lawyers who I have asked to respond to Peters & Peters on my behalf to assist in their inquiries.”
A representative for Fergie tells PEOPLE in a statement: “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.”
Fergie had been working as a brand ambassador for a green energy company called Pegasus, which agreed to pay her £225,000. They wanted to pay her in installments, but she preferred to have a lump sum. In a statement to PEOPLE, Fergie’s representative said that Turk, who was a banker who had been introduced to Sarah by her ex-husband, stepped in and said he could pay her in the interim and he would take on the debt from Pegasus. While Fergie is concerned about what has emerged, her representatives say she believed him to be a fit and proper person to deal with at the time, a source close to her says.ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!