The official guests invited for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this month include everyone from friends and family to the great and the good, but by far the most surprising are those who have been invited by Prince Charles.
Charles’s list is crammed with mega-rich foreigners, many of whom have been linked to financial and personal controversy, and is bound to lead to questions over the criteria used for selecting guests, reports the Daily Mail.
The list includes the obligatory Kazakh billionaire; a Rear Admiral who isn’t a real Rear Admiral and who lives with Princess Diana’s half-Italian former personal shopper; a German playboy-turned-art collector whose uncle was an SS officer sentenced to 25 years in jail after the war.
Also including the list are a US City slicker whose bank was fined over a scandal involving Chilean dictator General Pinochet; a Transylvanian count who is the landlord of Charles’s two Romanian properties in Dracula country; and a Florentine noble whose wine-making firm was accused of faking wine labels.
And further includes a Latin American beauty said to have been Charles’s first girlfriend and who went on to introduce him to Camilla.
Another Kazakh tycoon, Timur Kuanyshev, will be at the wedding breakfast. A classic ‘Red to Riches’ oligarch, his entree to the Royal circle came via his friend Prince Michael of Kent, whom he invited to Kazakhstan in 2009.
Fellow wedding breakfast guest Juergen Pierburg is the former playboy son of a Nazi-era industrialist whose factories fed the German war effort.
The list includes two senior figures from Porcelanosa, the Spanish tiling giant, which was rewarded with a Royal Warrant after carrying out extensive work at Charles’s residences.
Pedro Pesudo, a Porcelanosa director, and Manuel Colonques, the company’s chairman, are making it on to the list too.
The guest list also includes Lily Safra, who accumulated an estimated 600 million pounds from four marriages and lives in the 350- million- pound- Villa, Leopolda on the French Riviera.