Did Zelenskyy Buy Highgrove House From King Charles?!

Did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy just purchase Highgrove House from King Charles for £20 million?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Zelenskyy Bought Highgrove House From King Charles!

People are sharing a post by the Russian Embassy in South Africa (archive), which claims / suggests that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy just purchased Highgrove House from King Charles for £20 million!

Zelensky purchases King Charles’ Highgrove House – British media

Ukrainian president, whose term of office expires on 20 May, has bought Highgrove House from Britain’s King Charles III. This was reported by The London Crier, which has stated that the deal amounted to £20 million.

Grant Harrold, the king’s former butler, said that according to his information, the sale deal was completed on February 29, 2024, during the visit of Zelensky’s wife to the UK. The sale of Highgrove House was also confirmed by staff involved in maintaining the former royal residence. Most of them were laid off on March 21, 2024.

Also, on 12 January 2024, the UK government announced additional funding for Ukraine of £2.5 billion for 2024/2025.

Earlier, similar claims were made by Maria Dubovikova (archive), who calls herself a “prominent independent analyst and media expert”.

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Truth : Zelenskyy Did Not Buy Highgrove House From King Charles!

This appears to be yet another example of Russian propaganda, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Highgrove House Has Not Been Sold

Let me just start by pointing out that there is no evidence that King Charles sold Highgrove House to anyone, never mind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In fact, the official Highgrove website still states that it is the family home of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and it is still open for people to visit!

Fact #2 : Prince William Owns Highgrove House

While Highgrove House is where King Charles III and Queen Camilla occasionally stay, it technically belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall.

When Charles became King in September 2022, Prince William became the new Duke of Cornwall.  As the new Duke of Cornwall, Prince William is the official owner of Highgrove House, not King Charles.

So if Volodymyr Zelenskyy, or anyone else for the matter, wishes to purchase Highgrove House, they would have to ask Prince William, not King Charles!

Fact #3 : British Media Did Not Make These Claims

While the Russian Embassy in South Africa claims that British media made these claims, that’s not accurate.

These claims appear to originate from a single website, called London Crier, which describes itself as “London’s most trusted source of unbiased news“, but appears to be nothing more than a Russian-linked website designed to spread misinformation / disinformation.

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Fact #2 : London Crier Is Brand New

London Crier claims to be a really old publication in its copyright footer – “All Rights Reserved – The London Crier, 1863-2023“.

The truth is – London Crier is a brand-new website whose domain was recently created on 26 March 2024 at 8:20 AM UTC (archive). On top of that, four snapshots (here, here, here, and here) showed that it wasn’t even operational at that time.

In fact, London Crier only appeared to go live on 2 April 2024, which was when the article on the Highgrove House purchase and a whole slew of other “articles” were published. Even then, it looked like a rushed job, with its Terms page filled with “Loren ipsum” placeholder text!

By 6 April, the London Crier appears to be offline. So much for “London’s most trusted source of unbiased news“…

Fact #3 : Many London Crier Articles Were In Russian

Even though it called itself “London’s most trusted source of unbiased news“, its articles not only push pro-Russian talking points, some were published entirely in Russian!

It appears that its creator(s) were translating Russian articles, and missed some of them! Here’s one example – Kremlin Accuses Ukraine of War Crimes (archive). That’s quite a remarkable demonstration of Russian professionalism!

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Fact #4 : This Is Just Russian Propaganda

This appears to be yet another example of Russian propaganda, like these examples I fact checked recently:

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