Queen Elizabeth's cousin accused of selling access to Putin's inner circle

Undercover video reportedly shows Prince Michael of Kent trying to leverage his ties to the crown to sell his influence in Russia.
3:02 | 05/10/21

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Now to our "Gma" cover story, and that undercover video of the queen's cousin accused of trying to leverage his ties to the crown to show influence in Russia. Lama Hasan is with us from Buckingham palace. Good morning, lama. Reporter: Good morning to you, Michael. In this stunning sting, prince Michael of Kent and his business partner are caught on a business call boasting about their ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, telling undercover reporters saying they can help their business in Russia. Caught on tape. In new videos released by uk's channel 4 "The Sunday times," the prince appearing to use his royal status to help pitch a business to the Russian Kremlin in exchange for money. The fee, $200,000 U.S. That we have offered. Was it semi, so? Very much so. Very much so, thank you. Reporter: The clips which are part of a show, "Royals for hire," airing tonight in the uk, showing undercover reporters posing as investors from a bogus south Korean gold company. 78-year-old prince Michael appears to offer to make confidential representations to president Putin's team on their behalf. Is it in line with what you would normally charge for a speech like this? Yes, indeed. So I have no, no questions for you on that. Reporter: Prince Michael's friend and business partner lord Redding floating the idea of making connections with Russian president Vladimir Putin. We're talking relatively discreetly here, we wouldn't want the world to know that he's seeing Putin for purely business reasons. Reporter: Prince Michael has long standing ties with Russia, but a spokesman tells ABC news he has never represented Buckingham palace there, and he has no special relationship with president Putin. While prince Michael isn't a working member of the royal family and doesn't receive public funds, the exchanges raising eyebrows. The royal family, the monarchy is part of our system of government, and if members around him are leveraging royalness for personal gain, that goes against what the institution stands for. Reporter: This is not the first time a royal has been caught in a sting operation by both prince Andrew's ex-wife and prince Edward's wife have fallen foul of journalists posing as businessmen. Both cases causing deep embarrassment and unwanted scandal for the crown. Now Buckingham palace tells ABC news that prince Michael of Kent is not a working member of the royal family, and Buckingham palace do not act on his behalf, and prince Michael pushed back saying he would never have done anything without the agreement of the embassy, and Russia's business partner saying he there's no question this is a scandal that her majesty could have done without just weeks after her husband died. Scandal, lama, thank you so much.

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