February 18, 2024
Monaco's Royal Family Faces Allegations of Offshore Wealth Management in Scandalous Twist
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Monaco’s Royal Family Faces Allegations of Offshore Wealth Management in Scandalous Twist

Monaco’s Royal Family Faces Allegations of Offshore Wealth Management in Scandalous Twist

Monaco’s Royal Family Faces Allegations of Offshore Wealth Management in Scandalous Twist

Claims made by a former confidant of Monaco’s royal family, alleging the placement of part of the royal fortune in tax havens, have stirred a new controversy, adding to the recent challenges facing the palace under Prince Albert II. French newspaper Le Monde brought these allegations to light, based on detailed notes from Claude Palmero, the palace’s former wealth manager. The revelations, involving offshore funds in Panama and the British Virgin Islands, have sparked legal and financial turmoil.

Palmero’s Departure and Offshore Placement of Royal Funds

Claude Palmero, who managed the palace’s assets for over two decades, was unexpectedly forced to step down last year and subsequently attempted to sue Prince Albert over his dismissal. Le Monde reported that Palmero’s notes disclosed the offshore placement of royal funds in Panama and the British Virgin Islands. While acknowledging the creation of offshore companies during Rainier III’s reign, Prince Albert’s lawyer emphasized ongoing efforts to rectify the situation since Palmero’s replacement.

Legal Battles, Accusations, and Financial Maneuvers

The controversy extends beyond offshore placement, involving legal battles and accusations within Monaco’s royal circle. Palmero, accused in property development schemes, believes his efforts to curb property tycoon Patrice Pastor’s role led to his dismissal. The legal strife includes Palmero’s unsuccessful attempts to sue the royal family and his recent complaint filed with the European Court of Human Rights, alleging an unfair trial in Monaco. Meanwhile, Monaco’s royal family has accused Palmero of “breach of trust” and “stealing documents.”

Monaco Takes Action Amidst the Controversy

As the scandal unfolds, Monaco, facing scrutiny over anti-money laundering efforts, announced the initiation of the Monegasque Authority for Financial Security to combat corruption and money laundering. The controversy underscores the challenges faced by Monaco’s royal family, a symbol of affluence and tradition in the renowned city-state.

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