A low-profile British lawyer working for some of the world's most elite figures knows the identity of the person who loaned a multimillion-dollar estate to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shortly before they shook up Queen Elizabeth's royal household.
London attorney Alastair Tulloch, who reportedly has a knack for staying out of the public eye, is among a slim group of people who hold the secret surrounding the Vancouver Island mansion where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have stayed since stepping away from their duties as senior royals to live part-time in North America, according to the Daily Mail.
The sprawling 11,416-square-foot waterfront hideaway called Millie Fleurs — French for a thousand flowers-- was loaned to the royal couple by a billionaire who has gone to great lengths to hide his identity, the outlet reported earlier this month. Since then, the couple, who have struggled with media attention for years, have kept the owner's identity under wraps.
Tulloch, 64, has managed companies for dozens of Russian and Eastern European oligarchs and is tied to celebrities such as singers Elton John and Kylie Minogue, the outlet reported Wednesday after a months-long investigation.
His clients include Russian politician Igor Shuvalov, otherwise known as Vladimir Putin's former right-hand man, former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev and his media mogul son, Evgeny, according to the outlet.
The lawyer hasn't responded to the Daily Mail's questions about his mystery client.
Page Six, a U.S. outlet, previously identified the homeowner as Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra. The 62-year-old runs a private equity firm and co-founded Lionsgate movie studio, according to the report.
The duke and duchess only learned of the billionaire’s identity through music producer David Foster, who reportedly arranged for them to stay in the mansion, the outlet reported. Foster is a friend of Giustra and Foster's wife, Katharine McPhee, grew up with Markle in Los Angeles, according to Page Six.
A new law in the province of British Columbia, where the home is located, may eventually blow the secret wide open.
The owner reportedly used a complex corporate shell to keep his name a secret, according to the Mail, which reported that the owner of record is the Towner Bay Country Club Ltd.
That practice is to be outlawed later this year, the outlet reported. The Land Owner Transparency Act is designed to end the use of shell companies for such purposes by creating a public registry of property owners in the area.