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The royal matchmaker who played a key role in helping bring together the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has fled China after failing to pay his staff.
Jake Hall organised the fashion show where Prince William first started thinking of Kate Middleton as “more than just a friend”.
The well-connected son of City financier, David Hall, has come under fire after being accused of failing to pay staff at his high-end tutoring company.
Hall, who studied at St Andrew’s alongside the future king and queen, set up Holland Park Tuition in 2004 with his friend William Stadlen, son of High Court judge, Sir Nicholas Stadlen.
Recently he ran an outpost of the company in China, helping educate the children of wealthy, international clients, but ran off after the government brought in strict curbs on the after-school tutoring industry, banning companies from hiring foreigners, the Daily Mail reports.
His Shanghai office told local media that clients had paid more than £1 million in fees for lessons which will no longer take place after he hastily declared bankruptcy and returned home to the UK.
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Clients have reported him to local police, while furious tutors have spoken out in anger.
One of these is Will Catlin-Hallett, who said: “Just a shame you couldn’t pay your tutors for the hard work they’ve done.”
Another tutor wrote: “Tutors working for Holland Park Education weren't paid last month.
“They got messages from CEO Jake Hall (addressed to 'Valued tutor') saying that resolution was coming. It came this morning.
“Holland Park Education are in liquidation. One valued tutor remains unpaid to the tune of £4,000.”
In a letter to the team, Hall confirmed the company would not exist anymore: “There is no longer anybody who will invest in the company, so the company will stop operating.”
The Daily Star has reached out to Mr Hall for a comment.
- Prince William
- Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge
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