Prince Charles' identity not on looted laptop

Prince's bank account number and national insurance number on the stolen computer, claims Fleet Street

A British payroll company that lost a laptop containing the identities of 500 people has denied that Prince Charles, Duke of Wales, was among those whose personal information was on the computer.

Identities of 500 workers at the Eden Project, an environmental organization in Cornwall, were stored on a laptop stolen this month from the car of an employee of Moorepay, the Hampshire company that handles payroll for the center.

Earlier this week, a British newspaper reported that banking details of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, had been on the laptop. According to The People, Moorepay does payroll for Charles' Duchy of Cornwall, an estate created in 1337 by Edward III for his son and heir, Prince Edward, known as the Black Prince.

The People reported that Duchy payroll data, as well as Charles' bank account number and national insurance number, was on the stolen computer.

On Wednesday, the British Web site ITPro reported that Moorepay's managing director refuted the story, and said that neither the Duchy nor Charles are clients of the firm.

Moorepay was not available for comment.

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