Saudi Crown Prince’s £44m superyacht with its own 13-seat cinema spotted off UK

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's £44m superyacht anchored in Cornwall – hours before reports emerged of Boris Johnson intervening in his failed bid to buy Newcastle United FC.

The luxury 78m vessel named Pegasus VIII that boasts everything from a 13-seat cinema to a helipad that doubles up as a golf driving ranges was on Wednesday pictured anchored near St Mawes Castle in the bay near Pendennis Point, Falmouth.

The boat has accommodation for up to 12 guests and has a crew of 26 people with a party deck complete with two bars, a dance floor, grand piano, barbecue and 1,000 bottle tequila cellar, the Sun reports.

It is owned by Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman – who last year as head of the Middle East country's Public Investment Fund made an unsuccessful attempt to buy Newcastle United.

The Daily Mail now reports the Prime Minister asked one of his top aides to investigate after the price warned a row over the sale of the Premier League club could damage relations between the two countries.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing, and a spokesman said the government was not involved at any point in the takeover talks.

The crown prince reportedly asked Mr Johnson to "correct and reconsider" a "wrong" decision by the Premier League which was accused of standing in the way of a £300 million deal to sell the club.

The sizeable ship was built by the Royal Denship, a Danish yacht construction company, and delivered in 2003, bought by Californian investor Ronald Tutor.

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It is not known how long the yacht will stay anchored in Cornwall.

With a top cruising speed of 16 knots, it also has its own gym and jacuzzi on the exterior deck, as well as a drydock which can be flooded to create a 12-metre swimming pool.

It is powered by diesel-electric engines, and with a 435,700 litre fuel tanks, has a maximum range of 7,5000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

The yacht's exterior design and engineering are the work of Espen Oeino, the naval architect behind the looks of many world's biggest boats, while Francesco Zuretti put together the interior.

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Tutor named it Pegasus V, having previously owned other yachts with the name Pegasus.

In 2015, the businessman sold it on to the Saudi prince for £44million, who renamed the ship Pegasus VIII.

The 35-year-old, who serves as Saudi Arabia's deputy prime minister, sent the cruiser off to the Netherlands for an intensive refit, according to Super Yacht Fan.

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