Ron Harper, former Buckingham Palace employee, charged with accepting bribes

Prosecutors have charged a former top official working for Britain's royal family with accepting thousands in bribes in return for contracts for work at royal palaces.

Allegedly took bribes between 2006 and 2011 from firms providing maintenance, heating, electrical services

Kensington Palace, the home of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and one of the sites where alleged work bribes took place, is shown in a 2013 photo. (Olivia Harris/Reuters)

Prosecutors have charged a former top official working for Britain's royal family with accepting more than £100,000 ($184,000 Cdn) in bribes in return for contracts for work at royal palaces.

Attorney Luke Bulpitt of the specialist crime division said Tuesday that former deputy property manager, Ron Harper, is accused of taking bribes between 2006 and 2011 from firms providing maintenance, heating and electrical services.

Bulpitt says that the firms were awarded large contracts at the palaces. Two of the firms later received "Royal Warrants" an honourary stamp of approval for companies which regularly supply goods and services to the monarch, the Duke of Edinburgh or Prince Charles.

One of Harper's relatives is also charged in connection with the offences, along with eight current and former directors of various firms.

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