Pranksters have hoisted a large sign on to the bow of Sir Philip Green’s £100 million superyacht renaming it “BHS Destroyer” following the demise of the familiar high street chain in disturbing circumstances.
Comedian Lee Nelson and friends posted a series of pictures of them sailing to the yacht in Port Hercule on a speedboat to attach the sign. Nelson, whose real name is Simon Brodkin, later tweeted: “Good of Sir Philip Green to rename his £100 million yacht to something more appropriate. I was glad to help.”
Sir Philip Green’s Lionheart is one of three superyachts in his collection. BHS’s collapse in April affected 11,000 jobs, 22,000 pensions, sparked a parliamentary inquiry and left its high-profile former owners potentially facing a criminal investigation, the UK daily Sun reported.
In March 2015, BHS was sold for £1 by Arcadia Group chairman Sir Philip Green to former bankrupt Dominic Chappell, who in turn called in the receivers in May. There have been a number of calls for Sir Philip, whose wife Tina is a resident of Monaco, to be stripped of his honour.
Nelson also made headlines in June when he appeared at a press conference at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland, where he offered the Republican Presidential candidate a pair Nazi-designed golf balls. “The new balls are available from the clubhouse as part of a new Trump Turnberry range,” Mediaite.com reported the comedian saying.