Texan billionaire Joe Albritton, shown here in an undated photo, who has been invited by Prince Charles to attend his son’s wedding
The official guest list for the Royal Wedding has been revealed – and it is raising eyebrows.
While Barack Obama and his wife Michelle failed to make the cut, the list of colourful characters includes a U.S. banker whose family funds right-leaning blog Politico and who was criticised for his friendship with Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Joe Albritton will join newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton for their wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace.
Some 650 people have been invited. Of those, 50 have been invited by the Queen, 250 by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and 100 by the Middletons. William and Kate themselves have invited 250.
The names 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.
Along with Mr Albritton, he has also invited a Transylvanian count, a Nazi’s nephew, and a Kazakh tycoon.
Mr Allbritton, a Texan billionaire, is the former owner of Riggs bank, an imposing Washington institution that used to refer to itself as the ‘bank of presidents’.
It dropped the boastful tag five years ago after being fined $38million as a result of a U.S. Congress investigation into a money-laundering plot involving Saudi diplomats and South America dictators – including Chile’s Pinochet.
Mr Allbritton, who co-owned the bank with his philanthropist wife Barbie and has always denied any wrongdoing, has been a regular guest of Charles at Highgrove and lent him a Gulfsteam private jet. He also gave $311,000 a year to the American-based Prince of Wales Foundation.
The 86-year-old was friends with the Reagans and the Bushes