Model friend of Boris Johnson at the centre of watchdog probe was invited to meet Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace and ‘expected to secure more funds for her business after reception’
- Jennifer Arcuri made the comments after D5 Summit of ‘digital governments’
- She reportedly told friends she believed her firm would get investment boost
- But firm Innotech Network was not one of nine formally invited to the 2014 event
Boris Johnson’s model friend was invited to meet Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace and ‘expected to secure more funds for her business after the reception’, it has been claimed.
Jennifer Arcuri revealed to friends after attending a D5 Summit of ‘digital governments’ that she believed her business would get an investment boost, according to the Mirror.
But her firm Innotech Network was not listed as one of nine formally invited to the 2014 event, a response to a Commons question confirmed.
Boris Johnson’s model friend Jennifer Arcuri (pictured together) was invited to meet Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace and ‘expected to secure more funds for her business after the reception’
It has not been established how she got an invitation to the Palace.
Ms Arcuri’s company got an £11,500 sponsorship from the then Mayor of London Mr Johnson’s mayor promotional agency.
The Greater London Authority said tonight its monitoring officer had recorded a ‘conduct matter’ against Mr Johnson over allegations Ms Arcuri received favourable treatment because they were friends.
The move was greeted with fury in Downing Street, which denounced the referral as a ‘nakedly political put-up job’ on the eve of the Tory Party conference in Manchester.
Jennifer Arcuri revealed to friends after attending a D5 Summit of ‘digital governments’ that she believed her business would get an investment boost. Pictured: The Duke of York
Mr Johnson has previously said he would cooperate with an investigation but denied wrongdoing.
The 34-year-old Ms Arcuri went on three foreign trade trips after the Mayor of London’s aides intervened when she had not met the criteria to join the trips, The Sunday Times claimed.
Mr Johnson has refused to answer questions over this relationship with Ms Arcuri – insisting only that funds handed out while he was mayor were awarded with ‘utter propriety’.
Ms Arcuri’s other firm Hacker House is also under the spotlight as an investigation was launched into how it got £100,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport last year.
Culture minister Matt Warman told the House of Commons on Wednesday the company was awarded the money because it was registered in Britain.
But Ms Arcuri applied for the taxpayer-funded cash using a British address in October last year – at least a month after moving to the United States, according to the couple living at the property.
More than half of the £100,000 grant given to Hacker House has been frozen while a review of the grant is carried out.
The company, which is now run from California, was registered to a British phone number but that not goes through to a US call centre.
It has not been established how Ms Arcuri (pictured) got invited to Buckingham Palace for the 2014 event
It also had £84,972 in assets last year and was had debt to Ms Arcuri totalling £713,354 under an ‘interest-free loan’ to her own business.
In 2016 Hacker House asked for young hackers to help develop ‘cyber skill badges as requested and prepared for the Duke of York’.
It is understood to be linked to the Prince’s iDEA badges – which looks into digital literacy.
Ms Arcuri has not addressed the trip to the Palace.
Buckingham Palace could not be contacted for comment.