A charity that was founded by Prince Philip was infiltrated by Chinese intelligence officers, according to reports.
The foreign spies made their way into the company of those who run FaithInvest, a charity co-founded by the late Prince Philip in 1995 to help religions develop environmental and conservation projects based on their own beliefs and practices.
According to the sol newspaper, Chinese agents met the Prince in Windsor in 2017.
The outlet claims that the intelligence officers were working through the China Taoist Association, but were actually controlled by the Beijing United Front Work Department.
MI5 accused the UFWD this month of trying to “covertly interfere” in British politics in a security alert to MPs.
Reports have emerged suggesting that a charity founded by Martin Palmer and Prince Philip (pictured together) called FaithInvest was infiltrated by Chinese intelligence officers in 2017.
The group reportedly partnered with FaithInvest so they could send agents to meet the Duke of Edinburgh in 2017, conduct trades and buy influence.
They also met Prince Philip through activities associated with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), a separate charity also created by Mr Palmer and Prince Philip.
One source said: ‘The United Front Work Department is used to presenting a more acceptable face to a rather unpleasant regime.
“But they are also involved in ruthless intelligence activities and foreign interference.”
There is no suggestion that Prince Philip or the charity’s other co-founder, Martin Palmer, knew the organization had been compromised, says The Sun.
When Palmer was presented with the allegations, he told the Sun that he had worked with groups of different faiths since the 1990s.
He added: ‘The China Taoist Association has played an important role in discussions of faith and ecology, both in China and in Chinese communities around the world.
“That is why Prince Philip, who founded ARC, met with the Taoists on several occasions.”
MPs were told that Christine Lee (pictured) has been monitored by the security services for some time, but has not been arrested and will not be removed as is.
It comes after MI5 accused the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of trying to “covertly interfere” in British politics in a security alert to MPs earlier this month.
MPs were warned in an explosive email this week to avoid contact with Coventry-based lawyer Christine Lee, 58, who has been monitored by the security services for some time and was identified by MI5 as UFWD agency agent.
She has not been arrested and will not be removed as is, but the Speaker’s parliamentary security team has sent a warning memorandum to all MPs and peers in Westminster.
MI5 said Lee had “facilitated” donations to British political parties and lawmakers “on behalf of foreign nationals”.
In a dramatic intervention, MI5 accused the 58-year-old of working on behalf of China’s powerful UFWD agency to corrupt politicians.
Yesterday it was revealed that the wife of Tory peer Lord Bates shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing of a group linked to the UFWD.
Christine Lee is pictured with Labor MP Barry Gardiner outside the Houses of Parliament in 2013
Pictured: Lady Bates (circled) meeting and shaking hands with President Xi Jinping after applauding him at a China Overseas Friendship Association (COFA) conference in May 2019.
Xuelin Li Bates, who has donated £206,000 to the Conservative Party since 2010, met and shook hands with the president at a Chinese Overseas Friendship Association (Cofa) conference in May 2019.
Donor Tory, 60, traveled to Beijing for the council meeting of Cofa, which takes place twice a decade, part of the United Front Work Department (UFWD), which has responsibility for intelligence and propaganda operations. Worldwide.
President Xi delivered a speech praising attendees and offering “heartiest congratulations” on behalf of his Chinese Communist Party at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, according to state media.
She applauded the president and was caught on camera shaking his hand after the speech. sunday times reports.
Lady Bates married fellow Tory Lord Bates in July 2012 after arriving in London in 1989 fresh from a Chinese university and with just £50 to her name.
Lord Bates served as a minister under Theresa May, David Cameron and John Major.
The couple met at a private dinner she was hosting for the speaker of the North Korean parliament.
Lord Bates had long been interested in the secret state and was also friends with its closest ally, China.
In Hidden Hand, a book published in 2020, Xuelin was named as “a leading influencer on China affairs” and claimed that she had managed to position herself close to the most important elites in Britain, where she could spread a “Chinese perspective”.