Prince Charles has rewarded the entrepreneurship of Duane Jackson, at a glittering gala charity dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel.
Guests at the event, including Vernon Kay, Tess Daly, Tinie Tempah and Philip Schofield, saw Prince Charles pay tribute to a former drug smuggler turned entrepreneur who transformed his life with the help of trust and has donated £100,000 to the charity.
Duane Jackson’s personal donation to The Trust followed the sale of his business KashFlow, which provides accounting software for small businesses, sold to IRIS for an undisclosed sum, thought to be in tens of millions, at the end of 2013.
The Luckiest Drug Smuggler in the UK.
Duane Jackson said: “Making this donation to The Prince’s Trust means the world to me. They were there for me when I was at my worst – I was a young offender who was unemployed, with no qualifications and, having grown up in the care system, no family to offer financial or moral support.”
During a two and a half year prison sentence for drugs related offences Duane Jackson taught basic IT skills to other inmates and on his release, decided to try and start up his own business.
Who else to turn to but Prince Charles.
The Prince’s Trust supported him with a low-interest loan and a mentor and he went on to set up KashFlow.
The Royal Family have a long a successful history of promoting Drug Smugglers.
Did you know that Queen Victoria was a drug dealer?
She was the driving force behind the British campaign to encourage Chinese opium use. As an amazing profitable business, Queen Victoria recognised the business opportunities and promptly got involved with the action.
A massive confiscation of opium by the Chinese emperor, who tried to stop the opium deliveries, led to two Opium Wars in 1839 and 1858, in which Britain suppressed China and traded opium all over the country.
After 1860, opium use continued to increase with widespread domestic production in China, until more than a quarter of the male population was addicted by 1905.
Soon the British government granted Sassoon “monopoly rights” to the manufacture of Opium– at that time the most addictive drug in the world!
Between 1830 and 1831 they trafficked 18,956 chests of opium, earning millions of dollars. Part of the profits went to Queen Victoria and the British government. In the year 1836 the trade increased to over 30,000 chests and drug addiction became endemic in coastal cities.
Even today, the profits in the illegal drug trade amount for billions of pounds and Prince Charles is following his families tradition of supporting drug smugglers and perverts, when-ever they can.