Much of Prince Andrew’s expenditure occurred after he had been appointed a trade ambassador for the UK. It’s not known if this appointment was made following a stringent selection procedure in which a number of candidates, having been head-hunted by a reputable recruitment firm, were interviewed.
I’m not entirely sure what the job specifications are for a UK trade ambassador, but if I was selecting the best man or woman for the job I’d expect to see them delivering a high-quality PowerPoint presentation on how best they might stimulate interest overseas in investing in Britain. This would involve detailed knowledge of our main industries as well as the economic, political and cultural landscape of those countries whose entrepreneurs we are seeking to impress. The job would require a high degree of intellectual capability, charm and