Gáspár Orbán graduated from the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in December, where Prince William and Prince Harry finished their studies. The tuition fee of the institution costs close to EUR 100,000 per cadet. However, he did not have to pay for it himself since he received a Hungarian state scholarship.
According to telex.hu, PM Orbán’s son started his studies in the United Kingdom only two months after he became a member of the Hungarian Armed Forces. Interestingly, only three Hungarians got the chance to continue their studies in England where they graduated on 11 December 2020. Moreover, we know this only because the academy regularly publishes the names of their graduates in The Daily Telegraph.
Gáspár Orbán (28) started his military career in 2019 when he took part in a six-week basic training at the combat crew training group of the Vitéz Bertalan Árpád 2nd Special Forces Brigade of the Hungarian Defence Forces. He became a professional soldier in June that year.
The Hungarian Ministry of Defence said that the application for the British course had been open to any soldier meeting the requirements, including professional performance, training results, and attitude. Though the program in England is only nine months long, the cadets had to interrupt their studies because of the coronavirus pandemic, that is why Gáspár Orbán finished it only in December.
Telex.hu tried to speak with the PM’s son, but they did not receive answers. Likewise,
the Ministry of Defence, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Sandhurst Academy did not reply either.
The Hungarian and the British embassies gave a general answer. Therefore, the news portal sent their questions to the government’s weekly press conference. However, these are organised online on Thursdays due to the pandemic, so a government spokesperson reads out the questions during the press conference. However, they modified the original questions of the Hungarian news website to a general one “concerning foreign training courses for Hungarian soldiers, and about who can receive such scholarships.” Therefore, Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, only said that they do not have the relevant information.
PM Viktor Orbán is a father of five, and Gáspár is his only son. He started his career as a football player and a substitute in Videoton FC in 2010. Gáspár continued his professional career in the Puskás Football Academy in Felcsút, created with his father’s contribution. However, he had to stop playing football because of a recurring injury. Afterwards,
he travelled to Uganda with the Empower a Child Christian charity organisation to teach football in the African country.
“It was in Africa that I met Jesus Christ the way that I’ve known him since,” he later told Radio Golgota.
After he returned home, he founded the Felház Christian Movement, which ceased its operations in 2019. During that time, he finished his legal studies at Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Law and started his military career in 2019.
Now, he finished his studies at the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, an institution preferred by prominent politicians and monarchs.
Not surprisingly, the tuition fee is more than EUR 100,000.
According to telex.hu, “Henri, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Alois, the Hereditary Prince and Regent of Liechtenstein, Hamad, the King of Bahrain, Jordanian King Abdullah II, several sheikhs, cabinet members, and emirs of Kuwait, the current Emir of Qatar, Tamim, and several sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates” graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the past couple of decades.
The alumni also include two grandsons of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry, and a former British PM, Winston Churchill.
Furthermore, “several former and current heads of state or dictators from various countries, ranging from Brunei to Thailand, Nigeria, and Nicaragua, have studied at the prestigious institution, and rumour has it that Muammar Gaddafi did so too. However, the Sandhurst Academy consistently denies that the late dictator of Lybia had ever set foot in their halls.”