British police said Wednesday that they’ve launched an investigation into Prince Charles’s charitable foundation over claims of a cash-for-honors scandal involving a Saudi businessman.
“The decision follows an assessment of a September 2021 letter. This related to media reporting alleging offers of help were made to secure honors and citizenship for a Saudi national,” Scotland Yard said in a statement, delivering another blow to the royal family.
Police stressed there have been no arrests.
The head of The Prince’s Foundation resigned last year after an internal investigation into the allegations.
Michael Fawcett, chief executive of the foundation, had initially agreed to suspend his duties following newspaper revelations about his links to a Saudi national.
The man, tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, had donated large sums to restoration projects of particular interest to Charles.
Fawcett, a former valet to the Prince of Wales who has been close to Queen Elizabeth II’s heir for decades, is alleged to have coordinated efforts to grant a royal honor and even U.K. citizenship to Mahfouz.
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