WikiLeaks cables: ‘Rude’ Prince Andrew shocks US ambassador
Guardian, 29 November 2010
By David Leigh, Heather Brooke and Rob Evans
Duke railed against France, British anti-corruption investigations into BAE and American ignorance, leaked dispatches reveal.
Prince Andrew launched a scathing attack on British anticorruption investigators, journalists and the French during an “astonishingly candid” performance at an official engagement that shocked a US diplomat.
Tatiana Gfoeller, Washington’s ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, recorded in a secret cable that Andrew spoke “cockily” at the brunch with British and Canadian business people, leading a discussion that “verged on the rude”.
During the two-hour engagement in 2008 at a hotel in the capital, Bishkek, Andrew, who travels the globe as a special UK trade representative, attacked Britain’s corruption investigators in the Serious Fraud Office for what he called “idiocy”.
He went on to denounce Guardian reporters investigating bribery as “those (expletive) journalists … who poke their noses everywhere”.