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The Royal Family and Mustique

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

With the arrest, of both Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, alot of attention has been drawn to Prince Andrew and the Royal Family and their association with the duo.

What's being uncovered is a massive criminal enterprise in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean island of Mustique, located in the West Indies has been a popular destination for many of Hollywood's elite, and the rich and powerful.

Many of the rich and famous have owned properties, or travel as a vacation spot including the Guiness Family, Tommy Hilfiger and Brad Pitt. It has an interesting history, and may provide some insight on how the Caribbean became a hotspot for the elite.

More attention to detail should be paid in relation to this location, given what we've discovered about Epstein, Maxwell, Biden's Water Island, and many others. The Elite have made these Islands their own twisted playground, tax haven and central spot to hide nefarious activity and money.

Colin Tennant, or Lord Glenconner reportedly bought Mustique from St. Vincent and Grenadines in 1958, and planned to build a cotton plantation, but soon realized the venture would not be lucrative.

In 1960, Lord Glenconner gave longtime friend Princess Margaret a 10-acre plot of land on the island for her birthday, where she built her own estate Les Jolies Eaux.

Tennant controlled all aspects of life on the island, including it's clinics and shops. He was an eccentric, as were most of the guests who attended described as "totally unusual, striking, and eccentric. I think that’s what attracts them to the island." It has since been renovated, but a villa was built called the Gingerbread House.

The little island was "mostly a secret" until it became known to the wider world in 1976, when photographs were taken of Princess Margaret with Roddy Llewellyn—the man she had an eight-year affair with who was 17 years younger.

The same year, Tennant sold the Mustique Company, which he'd founded to build the island, to Mustique's homeowners, who became shareholders. The company now runs the island. Land sold quickly to rock stars and socialites, establishing the island as a private spot for the rich and famous. Since its founding, the island has adhered to a strict no-paparazzi policy, which is part of the reason why celebrities flock there.

Drones are also not allowed on the island, and guests visiting from other islands for the day are relegated to staying in specific spots. 

The Queen and Prince Philip also "publicly" visited Mustique in 1966, 1977 and 1985.

There were many wild late night parties in the earlier years. Princess Margaret enjoyed late nights, and dancing. Lord Glenconner had an obsession with antiquities from India, and even had themed parties. Notice the Gold...Symbolism will be their downfall.

In 1987 Lord Glenconner moved to St Lucia, where he invested in an undeveloped 480-acre estate. He wanted to create somewhere else as spectacular as Mustique. Shortly after moving to St Lucia, Lord Glenconner saw an advertisement for an elephant for sale at the Dublin Zoo and bought it, organizing its shipment to St Lucia. He named her Boopa and her arrival was a big event because she was the first elephant to come to the Caribbean.

"Lord Glenconner sits on an elephant with his twin daughters Amy and Mary on the island of St Lucia, in the West Indies, in 1994" 

Lord Glenconner’s life was also one of tragedy. His eldest son Charlie, a heroin addict, died of hepatitis in 1996. His second son Henry died of Aids in 1990, and his third and youngest son, Christopher, was disabled in a motorcycle accident in 1987.

He was a very odd individual, and even had a temple brought to the Island that was from the Taj Mahal, or so he claims. In this video, he had to move from his first property, and was forced to leave the temple behind. It seems he also had a temper.

I found the temple very interesting, considering the temple located on Epstein's Island. Although there's no gold dome, it makes one wonder what these temple's are in fact being used for, and how many other private islands contain temples.

In the late 1970s, Tennant ran into financial difficulties, and he had to sell his majority stake in the Mustique Company for around $1.8 million to a consortium headed by the Venezuelan paint manufacturer (and Mustique homeowner) Hans Neumann. His "vision" for Mustique had been “hijacked by the men in suits.

In 1996, five years before she died, Margaret gifted Les Jolies Eaux to her son David Linley, who sold the property in 2001 to American businessman Jim Murray.

It is very difficult to know who actually owns property on Mustique. The Mustique Company website doesn't provide information about who owns shares. Mick Jagger and David Bowie each eventually built their own extravagant villas there. Mick Jagger's villa is called Stargrove. David Bowie's property is designed Bali Style.

Today, there are frequent direct flights to Mustique from Europe, UK, US, Canada and South America to St Lucia and Barbados on airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Delta, Air Canada and Jet Blue. It is still incredibly monitored. The island’s website says: “Every island visitor is registered with our security team before arriving on island by land, air or sea, whether staff, local islander or guest to ensure the security team know who is on the island at any one time."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been going to Mustique for years. Long before she married Prince William, Kate Middleton regularly visited the island with her family who own property. According to Vogues, "the past two years they’ve gone to celebrate the birthday of their eldest son, Prince George. In 2018, William and Kate enjoyed a night out at Basil’s Bar, the famed watering hole on the island, where they partied alongside Mick Jagger, who owns a home there. In 2013 and again in 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a babymoon at the Caribbean locale."

"Located 45 minutes by private plane from Barbados, the mere name Mustique conjures up pictures of heady goings on under a hot sun, with the caftan-clad rich and famous able to behave as they please away from the lenses of the paparazzi.' Prince Andrew, Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer holiday here, so does Calvin Klein, David Geffen and tycoon Ed Bronfman. Residents include Swiss bankers, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, a Chanel heiress, the Parmesan king of Italy and a string of multi-millionaires who deal in anything from designer clothes to girlie magazines.

There are many Irish connections on the island, where one of very first villas was built by Honor Guinness and Chips Channon. Guinness was the first to buy a plot of land from Tennant. The house, called Clonsilla, is still owned by the Channon family. Rachel Chandler connection?

And Mustique predictably has a Foundation. The Mustique Foundation.

It seems Mustique is not without it's scandals. An article from 2011 stated "In an ongoing series of investigations into the arms dealer's close ties with the entourage of President Nicolas Sarkozy, Mediapart reveals how, when Takieddine was brokering a weapons deal for Sarkozy when the latter was interior minister, he fell victim to a mysterious accident on the exclusive billionaires' retreat in the Caribbean island of Mustique. The minister's top aides rushed to save him from a near-certain death in what Takieddine claimed was an assassination attempt."

It was also revealed Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who Hillary Clinton announced as her running mate in 2016, faced scrutiny for taking an estimated value of just over US$160,000, between 2001 and 2009 when he was lieutenant governor and then governor. Among them, was his stay on the Caribbean island of Mustique in 2005. Wealthy, Virginia-based venture capitalist James Murray allowed Kaine and his family to stay for a week at his vacation home, Les Jolies Eaux, shortly after he was elected governor. Chief among his critics, was Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

What other secrets does Mustique hold?

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