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- Michael Gove
- UK politics
Prince Andrew has raised eyebrows by appearing to pitch for a new royal yacht as a way of “enhancing” British business opportunities abroad.
The Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997. A suggestion by Michael Gove in 2012 to provide a new yacht “as a gift from the nation” to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee proved deeply unpopular during a period of austerity and was quickly torpedoed.
However, the Duke of York appeared to resurrect the idea in a BBC interview, in which he suggested that a royal yacht could be a useful “tool” to promote the UK.
Describing how his royal status could boost British business opportunities abroad, he said: “Having a member of the royal family is helpful to businesses but so is…
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