Princess Michael's Russian friend once dubbed her 'toyboy' was shot and killed near Moscow early today in what appears to be a brutal contract murder.
Mikhail Kravchenko, a 46-year-old furniture company tycoon, caused a royal scandal after he and the princess were photographed holding hands and staring lovingly into each other's eyes as they wandered round Venice during a four day holiday in April 2006.
His bullet-riddled body was found in his Mercedes car at the elite Peredelkino country house neighbourhood close to the Russian capital.
At the time, the princess denied an affair, though many believed the photographs suggested otherwise.
The pictures, originally in the News of the World, raised significant doubts about the state of her royal marriage to Prince Michael of Kent.
'The body of a man with a gunshot wounds was found at a Mercedes in the Peredelkino neighbourhood,' said a police source.
Russian news agency Itar-Tass another other sources reported the victim was millionaire Kravchenko. Read More