Prince Harry has politely declined Paddy Power’s offer to donate £100,000 to charity if he donned a pair of the bookmaker’s lucky pants.
The Irish bookie sent a pair of the pants to the Prince in late August in the aftermath of his being photographed in a Las Vegas hotel suite without his underwear during a short break in the gambling Mecca.
However, his Royal residence St James Palace has returned the garment unworn to Paddy Power, complete with letter relaying the news that the Prince was regretfully unable to participate.
“I am sorry to send you such a disappointing reply, but thank you so much for considering Prince Harry for this charitable endeavour”, said the note on behalf of the third in line to the throne.
The bookie’s “lucky pants” made headlines around the world in June when Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner exposed a pair while celebrating his equaliser against Portugal in the the Euro 2012 football championships. Paddy Power eventually paid the €100,000 fine Bendtner received from UEFA.
The bookmaker also announced at the official opening of its new South Dublin HQ today that is to create 610 more jobs in Ireland to support the growth of its flagship online gambling division into international markets.
Paddy Power has pledged to fill the posts in technology, e-commerce, research, social media, risk management and marketing by the end of 2015. The London and Dublin-listed firm also revealed it had already recruited 189 to new positions since April. It will employ close to 2,800 people in Ireland once the recruitment drive is complete.
Online, including mobile, generated close to 75% of the online and retail betting company’s operating profit in the first half of 2012. As well as its British business, Paddy Power recently entered the regulated Italian sports betting market, and was also found suitable for licensing by Nevada regulators in July. It also provides B2B risk management and trading services in France on behalf of former French monopoly PMU and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in Canada.
Article written by Stephen Carter