Prince Charles Denies Knowledge of Cash-for-Honors Scandal as Complaint Reaches Police

Prince Charles has denied any knowledge of allegations a close aide offered to help secure a knighthood and citizenship for a Saudi tycoon in return for charity donations.

The Prince of Wales and the chief executive of his charity The Prince's Foundation were yesterday reported to police. Officers are currently assessing information provided.

It comes after allegations in The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday that Michael Fawcett offered to help a Saudi tycoon secure a knighthood and British citizenship in return for donations to Charles' charities.

A Clarence House statement said: "The Prince of Wales has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now underway by The Prince's Foundation."

Fawcett resigned over the weekend as The Prince's Foundation launched its own investigation into the scandal.

However, by Sunday, Norman Baker, a former U.K. government minister, had made a complaint to the police.

On Monday, anti-monarchy campaign group Republic followed up with their own police report and said on Twitter they had named both Charles and Fawcett in their allegations.

Chief executive Graham Smith wrote: "I have just reported Prince Charles and Michael Fawcett to the police on suspicion of breaching the Honors (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925."

He added: "It is unclear how Fawcett could personally procure an honor without the direct involvement of the prince, or how this arrangement could be made without the prince being aware of what was being promised.

Prince Charles in Scotland
Prince Charles smiles as he visits local shops and businesses during a short walk through the village on August 31, 2021 in Ballater, Scotland. Police confirmed receiving a complaint about a cash-for-honors scandal. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"Perhaps there's a good explanation for all of this, but the evidence provided in the press over the weekend raises real suspicion about the Prince's conduct and that of his associates.

"I trust the Metropolitan Police to do the right thing, but I have said in my report that this must be given due attention without fear or favour and that the status, position and rank of those involved must in no way influence any decision to investigate."

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "The Met can confirm that we have received a letter about this matter and officers are currently assessing this information."

Fawcett, meanwhile, refused to comment when approached by journalists outside his home yesterday.

Prince Charles’ former valet has again declined to answer reporters’ questions about allegations he offered to fix an honour for a Saudi tycoon in return for donations.
Our cameras filmed Michael Fawcett at his home today.
He has “temporarily” stood down as CEO of @PrincesFound

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 6, 2021

The Mail on Sunday published a letter he reportedly sent to an adviser of Saudi billionaire Sheikh Marei Mubarak Mahfouz bin Mahfouz.

On August 17, 2017, he wrote: "In light of the ongoing and most recent generosity of His Excellency, Sheikh Marei Mubarak Mahfouz bin Mahfouz I am happy to confirm to you, in confidence, that we are willing and happy to support and contribute to the application for Citizenship.

"I can further confirm that we are willing to make [an] application to increase His Excellency's honor from Honorary CBE to that of KBE in accordance with Her Majesty's Honors Committee.

"Both of these applications will be made in response to the most recent and anticipated support of the Trust and in connection with his ongoing commitment generally within the United Kingdom. I hope this confirmation is sufficient in allowing us to go forward."

The Honors (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 reads: "If any person accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain from any person, for himself or for any other person, or for any purpose, any gift, money or valuable consideration as an inducement or reward for procuring or assisting or endeavoring to procure the grant of a dignity or title of honor to any person, or otherwise in connection with such a grant, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

Prince Charles' Former Valet Michael Fawcett
Michael Fawcett attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir Donald Gosling at Westminster Abbey on December 11, 2019 in London, England. He has been reported to police over allegations of cash for honors. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images