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Prince Andrew’s most senior aide who was compelled out after she persuaded him to seem on Newsnight leaked delicate authorities paperwork to shut good friend and enterprise affiliate

  • Amanda Thirsk forwarded Jonathan Rowland Overseas Workplace cable, MoS reveals 
  • It included particulars of conversations between the Duke and Chinese language politicians 
  • She emailed telegram after Mr Rowland accompanied Andrew on journey to China

By Isabel Oakeshott and Mark Hookham For The Mail On Sunday

Printed: 18:45 EST, 30 November 2019 | Up to date: 18:45 EST, 30 November 2019

In an astonishing breach of protocol, Amanda Thirsk (pictured) forwarded Jonathan Rowland a Overseas Workplace cable

One in every of Prince Andrew’s most senior aides leaked a diplomatic telegram to his shut good friend and enterprise affiliate, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

In an astonishing breach of protocol, Amanda Thirsk forwarded Jonathan Rowland a Overseas Workplace cable that included particulars of one-to-one conversations between the Duke and main Chinese language politicians about UK-China commerce relations.

She emailed the telegram after Mr Rowland accompanied Andrew on a taxpayer-funded commerce mission to China and used his extraordinary entry to attempt to land profitable new purchasers for the international financial institution his household owned.

The revelation will heap stress on Ms Thirsk, who was blamed for orchestrating Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview about his hyperlinks with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

A formidable ex-banker, Ms Thirsk misplaced her job because the Duke’s non-public secretary within the wake of his catastrophic media look. She’s going to proceed to run Pitch, Andrew’s enterprise mentoring initiative.

Leaked paperwork present that on April 27, 2010, Ms Thirsk, then Andrew’s deputy non-public secretary, forwarded Jonathan Rowland an unclassified however ‘delicate’ diplomatic cable written by Sebastian Wooden, the UK’s ambassador to China. Mr Wooden had despatched the telegram nearly a month earlier to London through the Overseas Workplace’s safe ‘e-Gram’ messaging system.

It had been written for different diplomats plus officers on the Treasury and UK Commerce and Funding, the Authorities physique which oversaw the Duke of York’s commerce envoy work.

The cable was a report on Andrew’s three-day commerce mission to China in March 2010, detailing face-to-face talks which had been organized with Wang Qishan, China’s vice premier, and Chen Deming, the commerce minister.

The telegram included particulars of one-to-one conversations between the Duke and main Chinese language politicians about UK-China commerce relations (Pictured: Prince Andrew and Jonathan Rowland)

Ms Thirsk (pictured left with Andrew) emailed the telegram after Mr Rowland accompanied Andrew on a taxpayer-funded commerce mission to China

It additionally reported that Andrew used the journey to introduce a enterprise affiliate to the China Funding Company – an enormous Chinese language sovereign wealth fund. ‘He referred to as privately on the Deputy Chairman of the China Funding Company to introduce a British enterprise acquaintance,’ Wooden wrote.

It outlined how Andrew raised the issues of British companies concerning the ‘enterprise setting’ in China and mentioned how the UK Authorities needed extra Chinese language firms to listing on the London Inventory Change.

The cable additionally detailed a tetchy lunch between the Duke and Fu Ying, vice minister for international affairs and China’s former ambassador to the UK.

Thirsk, 54, has been fiercely loyal to the Duke for 15 years and headed his all-woman inside circle of advisers and aides dubbed ‘Andy’s Angels’. The mom of three was taken on in 2004 as his ‘workplace controller’ and have become his non-public secretary – or gatekeeper – in 2012.

Charles Crawford, a former UK ambassador to Poland, stated: ‘Anybody within the system, together with members of the Royal Family, is aware of completely properly to not share official paperwork exterior the system – and generally with folks throughout the system – until there’s an excellent cause to do it. Then they need to assume onerous about how they share it.

‘It is your job to watch out. The Overseas Workplace has the well-known unnamed newspaper frequent sense take a look at: if this e-document I’m urgent Ship on seems splashed within the newspaper, will it create a ghastly mess?

‘Somebody right here could have failed that easy take a look at.’

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