The British royal family is in turmoil. After Prince Andrew (61) settled out of court with plaintiff Virginia Jeffrey (38) in an abuse scandal and Queen Elizabeth II (95) should intervene financially for his sake, There is already a new problem. London police are investigating allegations against a former confidant of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles (73).
As the Metropolitan Police announced on Wednesday, there are reports that Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz of Saudi Arabia has been awarded prizes and British citizenship in exchange for donations of around 1.9 million francs. The police statement said documents from an internal investigation by the Prince’s Foundation were the reason for the investigation.
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It is said that Charles had no knowledge
Several British newspapers reported last year that Michael Fawcett, 59, then managing director of the foundation and a close friend of Charles, had promised the Saudi businessman to support his desire for a knighthood and British citizenship in return for donations. Newspapers report an alleged letter from Fawcett in 2017.
Fawcett resigned as CEO after the disclosure. The Foundation launched an investigation. The palace said at the time that Charles fully supported the internal investigation, but denied any involvement by the crown prince. “The Prince of Wales was not aware of the alleged offer of awards or British citizenship based on donations to his charities,” she said on Wednesday from Clarence House, the home of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla (74).
Harry worries about motives
But Charles is not the only king who met Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz. Prince Harry, 37, is also said to have had several meetings with the billionaire. More than 125,000 francs are also said to have flowed into his establishments. So Prince Harry made a statement through his spokesperson last year – stabbing his father in the back. Because according to Harry, he was already “concerned about Ben Mahfouz’s motives” in 2015. That’s why he pulled out after meeting the billionaire. And not only that: Harry even “relayed” his fears. To whom, however, did not come out of the statement.
Ex-cop calls for Charles and Harry to be questioned
For former London police officer Steve Morris, you obviously have to talk to Charles and Harry. He told The Mirror: “Prince Charles and Prince Harry should be questioned without a doubt.” This should either be done at the police station or the officers should go home. Morris explains: “It’s part of the investigation into how the donor got into his place within the charity. This is key evidence showing how he infiltrated the charity.”
An acquaintance of Charles told the British newspaper that the police had not yet asked the prince for help, but he was ready to help. A spokesperson for the foundation declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. (SDA/bsn)
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