Prince Andrew and his ex-wife have been named in a High Court ruling in a case involving an elderly Turkish woman and a Turkish businessman.
A judge has been told “substantial funds” have been paid to the Duke and Duchess of York.
The pair were later named by Deputy High Court Judge David Halpern in a recent ruling on the case, which covers a dispute between Nebahat Isbilen, who is 70, and London-based businessman Selman Turk .
Ms Isbilen had needed help moving her belongings out of Turkey after her husband was imprisoned because of his “political affiliations”, the judge said.
Former banker Mr Turk had agreed to help Ms Isbilen move her assets out of the reach of the Turkish authorities.
The elderly woman has since alleged that Mr Turk ‘breached the fiduciary duties owed to her’ and ‘admitted claims of deception’.
Litigation is ongoing, with Mr Turk fighting the case, but a number of preliminary rulings have been released.
Judge Halpern said a lawyer representing Ms Isbilen told him, in an affidavit, that information had emerged to show the evidence given by Mr Turk was “misleading”.
He said lawyer Jonathan Tickner told him how the evidence showed “the money was being used for purposes unrelated to Ms Isbilen, for example, substantial sums had been paid to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and to Sarah, Duchess of York”.
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The judge added that barrister Dan McCourt Fritz, who represents Ms Isbilen, told him that ‘the total sums which his client claims had been misappropriated’ amounted to some $50million (about £38million sterling).
“Mr. Turk provided explanations for approximately two-thirds of these sums, most of which were allegedly spent on professional or other fees or lost in bad investments,” Judge Halpern added in his ruling.
“No explanation was given for the remaining third.”
A spokesperson for Prince Andrew said they were unable to comment on an ongoing court case.