Furtive CBE award to billionaire
"According to the Foreign Office list the Queen approved Bechtel's honour for 'services to UK-American commercial relations' on 25 April 2003 - just a week after the company won a bumper £430m contract to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure after the invasion. The honour to one of America's wealthiest citizens, a man with intimate ties to the Republican administration, will reignite the row over the secretive honours process." (Observer)
How much did this guy pay and to whom in order to obtain the title "Companion of the British Empire" and thereby make a prostitute of the British monarch?