The future King of England had no idea one of his top team members was allegedly involved in a cash-for-honours scandal, the palace has insisted.
Prince Charles had ‘no knowledge’ of an alleged offer by his most trusted aide, Michael Fawcett, promising to help secure a knighthood and British citizenship for Saudi billionaire, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, Clarence House has said.
Mr Fawcett has temporarily stepped down from his role as chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation – an educational charity which encompasses a number of Prince Charles' charitable interests – amid the allegations, which the charity is investigating.
The Mail on Sunday published a letter from 2017 in which the Prince’s former valet reportedly wrote that he was willing to make an application to change businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz's honorary CBE to a KBE, and support his application for citizenship.
The letter, written in Mr Fawcett's then capacity as chief executive of the Dumfries House Trust, said the applications would be made in response to "the most recent and anticipated support" of the Trust.
The Sunday Times said Mr Mahfouz – who denies any wrongdoing – donated large sums to restoration projects that were of particular interest to the Prince of Wales.
A Clarence House spokesman said: "The Prince of Wales has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now under way by The Prince's Foundation."
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "We are aware of the media reports and await further contact in relation to this matter."
Pressure group Republic, which campaigns for an elected head of state, has reported both Prince Charles and his former aide to the police.
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The group’s chief executive, Graham Smith, said that a failure to properly investigate the matter would “damage public trust in the police, the royals and the honour system.”
The Prince’s Foundation has said Mr Fawcett fully supported the ongoing investigation and had confirmed he would assist it in every way.
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