CBK and the Princes
Evening Standard editor stands by his report
by Sujeeva Niunhella in
The Editor of the Evening Standard newspaper has stood
by his papers recent exposure that former President Chandrika
Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has purchased Prince Andrews famous Southyork
President Kumaratunga vehemently denied the newspaper article. However,
the editor had emphasized that the story was true and it was obtained
from a most reliable source.
The Evening Standard in its report said the price paid for the mansion
is not known, though the Prince had been desperate to off-load it for
ten million pounds sterling and it had been on the market for about
The mansion designed by Sir James Dunbar Nasmith, on the Berkshire-Surrey
border, the newspaper says, had been written off as a white elephant
and the Prince, after divorcing Sarah Duchess of York in 1992, had wanted
to sell his mansion, Sunninghill Park and move into the nearby Royal
Lodge, formerly the residence of the Queen Mother.
The Evening Standard has also said Mrs. Kumaratunga, having snapped
up two flats in Paris this year, was keen to buy an English home to
be nearer to her son, who recently qualified as a vet and her daughter,
a doctor at a UK hospital.
However, a denial signed by P. Dissanayake, secretary to the former
President, had said that the article was a total fabrication of facts
which seems to be published with malicious intent of bringing disrepute
on the former President.