Controversial tycoon Frank Giustra denies owning Canadian mansion where Prince Harry and Meghan have been living

THE riddle over who actually owns the Canada mansion Harry and Meghan have been living in deepened last night as a controversial mining tycoon denied it was his.

Former stockbroker Frank Giustra, 62, had been identified by the New York Post as the owner of the £11million waterfront bolthole near Victoria, British Columbia.

Billionaire Frank Giustra, one of the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, denied the Canadian mansion where Harry and Meghan stayed was his
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in this Canadian mansion
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Meghan and Harry’s lack of transparency raises even more questions as the couple wishes to work towards becoming ‘financially independent’
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But he tweeted yesterday: “I do not own a home in, or near, Victoria, BC.”

“I have never been contacted by a member of the British Royal family, by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or by any of their representatives.”

Divorced dad-of-two Giustra was named after Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, repeatedly refused to confirm the identity of their mansion owner.

The lack of transparency raises questions over the couple’s judgement as they attempt to work towards “financial independence”.

Real estate agents had previously claimed that the owner was a billionaire who was neither Canadian or American – prompting speculation it was a Russian magnate.

Canadian billionaire Giustra co-founded Hollywood studio Lionsgate – producing movies including American Psycho and the Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

‘BIGGEST DONOR’

He is also known as one of the biggest donors to the Clinton Foundation.

In 2005, he and President Bill Clinton traveled together to Kazakhstan to meet with the former Soviet republic’s authoritarian leader.

Just days later, Giustra acquired shares in three of the country’s state-run uranium mines – a venture valued at more than £2.2billion.

Months after the Kazakh pact, Giustra reportedly gave a £24million donation to the Clinton Foundation and has since publicly pledged he’ll donate £76million.

Both Giustra and Clinton have denied the former US president helped him cement the Kazakh deal and Giustra later divested himself of the assets.

In 2016, as Hillary Clinton was running for US President, leaked e-mails revealed that Giustra and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim gave an endowment of £15million in 2010.

The £11million mansion was said to belong to Giustra after Harry and Meghan repeatedly refused to confirm the identity the owner
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The mansion was bought in 2014 and registered under a local country club to shield the identity of the owner
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Meghan and Harry needed a ‘discreet location’ to spend their holidays
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It was used by the Clinton Foundation to set up the for-profit Haiti Development Fund, intended to give seed money to Haitian entrepreneurs after the devastating earthquake.

Yet there is “almost nothing in the public record” showing what happened to the millions of dollars, according to reports at the time.”

The businessman, who currently runs the private equity firm Fiore Financial, remains on the board of directors of the Clinton Foundation and is a renowned philanthropist.

He won the 2014 Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award and the Order of British Columbia in 2016, the highest civilian honor for achievement benefiting local people.

Giustra was claimed to have loaned Harry and Meghan his mansion for FREE.

The main house, called Mille Fleurs, was bought in 2014 and registered under a local country club to shield the identity of the owner.

‘DISCREET LOCATION’

Giustra is a very close friend of famed music producer David Foster, whose wife Katharine McPhee went to school and worked on theater productions with Meghan in LA.

Foster has said he set up Meghan and Harry with the house after learning they were in need of a discreet location to spend the holidays.

On Thursday, Meghan flew back to the Vancouver Island home to join baby Archie, who was under the care of a nanny following her trip to London amid the ‘Megxit’ fall-out.

A convoy of three Toyota people carriers with a black Land Rover Discovery following at the rear moved swiftly out of the mansion on Saturday lunchtime.

It is understood the Discovery was carrying British Royal protection officers while at least two of the people carriers were manned by Royal Canadian amounted Police officers.

The Discovery was back at the £11million house four hours later, but it is not known where the convoy went.

Giustra was claimed to have loaned Harry and Meghan his mansion for free
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Meghan then drove out of the mansion on Vancouver Island at the wheel of a black Land Rover Discovery at lunchtime on Sunday, with a detective in the passenger seat.

It is believed she picked up someone at a nearby airport before driving four miles back to the secluded mansion.

Her mum Doria was reportedly due to visit her daughter on Vancouver Island.



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