Prince Charles was dragged into a 'cash for access' row yesterday after the Tory party's co-chairman was accused of arranging a private dinner between the heir to the throne and a wealthy businessman.
The Prince of Wales is said to have had an 'intimate dinner' with telecoms tycoon Mohamed Amersi at Dumfries House in Scotland – allegedly arranged by Ben Elliot, the nephew of Charles's wife Camilla.
The meeting was said to have been organised via Quintessentially, Mr Elliot's 'luxury lifestyle management service', to which Mr Amersi had paid an annual £15,000 fee as an 'elite' member.
Ben Elliot (right), 45, introduced super-rich clients from his company Quintessentially to the Prince of Wales (left)Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In the wake of the dinner, the 61-year-old businessman provided more than £1.2million to the prince's charities and was given access to him.
Yesterday Mr Elliot, 45, was accused by Mr Amersi of facilitating 'access capitalism' and of providing access to a senior royal.
But the Tory co-chairman insisted there was no conflict of interest and the meeting between Charles and Mr Amersi had been 'entirely about helping to raise money for charity'.
Sources at the royal household expressed disappointment that the Prince of Wales had been dragged into a 'political' row when all his efforts were 'focussed on fundraising for charity'.
Telecoms millionaire Mohamed Amersi, 61, paid £15,000 a year to be an elite member of the luxury concierge business
A Clarence House source insisted the prince was grateful for all the support Mr Elliot had provided and made clear there was no personal financial benefit.
It was claimed at the weekend that Mr Elliot had set up an exclusive club for the biggest Tory donors to meet the Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Labour said the allegations exposed a 'cash for access' culture at the heart of the Conservative Party.
A No 10 source insisted no special access had been given other than was normal for party donors.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A friend of the Prime Minister praised how Mr Elliot