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Police investigation after scandal linked to Prince Charles Foundation

Police investigation after scandal linked to Prince Charles Foundation

British police announced, on Wednesday, the opening of an investigation into suspicions of donations to the Prince Charles Foundation, which would have been rewarded with honorary titles and used to support the application for naturalization by a Saudi businessman.

“The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into allegations of abuse under the Honor (Prevention of Abuse) Act 1925,” Scotland Yard said in a statement, saying there had been no complaints. arrests.

Police said they opened an investigation after reviewing a letter received in September 2021.

Investigators contacted “those believed to have relevant information” and contacted the Prince’s Foundation, which “provided a number of relevant documents”.

And last year revealed the affair that littered the heir to the throne.

It is suspected that his former butler’s assistant, Michael Fawcett, used his influence to help Saudi businessman Mahfouz Merhi Mubarak bin Mahfouz, a generous benefactor to charities linked to the British monarchy, obtain the medal.

According to the Sunday Times, Mahfouz, 51, was named leader of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2016, an event not made public in the official list of royal engagements. The newspaper stated that taking advantage of this discrimination enabled the Saudi Arabian to obtain British citizenship.

Mr. Mahfouz, who denies wrongdoing, is said to have donated large sums to restoration projects. Michael Fawcett resigned in November 2021.

At the same time, the press revealed that the Prince Charles Foundation was to agree to receive several hundred thousand euros from a Russian donor, which led to the opening of an investigation by the independent body that regulates the activity of charities in Scotland. . Foundation President Douglas Connell resigned, while defending himself against any wrongdoing.

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