In a statement, the security forces indicated that they have decided to open an investigation after the media disclosed last year that one of Carlos’s closest collaborators, Michael Fawcett, resigned from the direction of the heir’s foundation after mediating so that a Saudi millionaire received one of the highest honors in the UK.
Clarence House, the residence of the heir, said today that the prince is not aware of any such offers of dispensing honors or favoring the granting of British nationality in exchange for donations.
“The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into allegations of crime under the Honors Act (which prevents abuse of this kind) 1925,” the statement read.
“The decision was made after analyzing a letter in September 2021, related to a media report in which it was stated that offers of help were made to grant honors or citizenship for a Saudi national”, underlines Scotland Yard.
As a result of this analysis, the Prince’s Foundation provided a series of relevant documents, according to the Police.
“These documents have been reviewed along with existing information. The analysis determined that an investigation will be opened. No arrests or interrogations have been made,” she pointed out.
According to an investigation by “The Sunday Times”, Michael Fawcett, executive director of the Prince’s Foundation -which promotes the environment and culture-, resigned after learning that he had interceded so that the tycoon Mahfuz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfuz was distinguished as Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
The Saudi millionaire had donated more than 1.5 million pounds (1.75 million euros) to NGOs linked to the British Royal House before receiving his award.
The newspaper went so far as to publish that Mahfuz paid “tens of thousands of pounds” to people close to the Prince of Wales for helping him get the medal.
Prince Charles presented him with the award at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2016.
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