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No Further Action in Cash-for-Honors Investigation Linked to Prince Charles’ Charity

London, UK – The British police have announced that they will not be pursuing any further action following an investigation into an alleged cash-for-honors scandal connected to one of King Charles III’s charities. The probe, launched by London’s Metropolitan Police in February last year, was prompted by media reports suggesting that “offers of help were made to secure honors and citizenship for a Saudi national” through The Prince’s Foundation.

The investigation was triggered by a 2021 expos√© by The Sunday Times, which claimed that the charity’s former CEO, Michael Fawcett, assisted in nominating Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz for an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) title. After carefully reviewing more than 200 documents and conducting interviews with two individuals, the police concluded that no further action would be taken in the matter. No arrests were made or charges brought during the course of the inquiry.

Buckingham Palace acknowledged the decision made by the Metropolitan Police, stating that “all other enquiries are a matter for The Prince’s Foundation.” Similarly, a spokesperson for The Prince’s Foundation noted the police’s decision and emphasized that, following an independent investigation and governance review last year, the charity is committed to moving forward and focusing on its educational and training programs.

Meanwhile, in unrelated news, King Charles III received an official welcome to Balmoral on Monday. As per tradition, a small ceremony was held outside the Scottish residence to mark the King’s arrival for the summer. During the ceremony, King Charles inspected an honor guard comprising the Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The 4 SCOTS Pipes and Drums provided musical accompaniment, and Shetland Pony Corporal Cruachan IV, the royal regiment’s mascot, was also in attendance.

It is worth mentioning that King Charles was recently appointed as Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, taking over the role from his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The conclusion of the police investigation comes as a relief for The Prince’s Foundation, allowing it to focus on its core mission of delivering education and training programs. The decision also brings some clarity to the alleged cash-for-honors scandal, demonstrating the thoroughness and objectivity of the Metropolitan Police’s investigation.

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