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Police investigate cash-for-honours and citizenship for Saudi national linked to Prince Charles charity

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An investigation into a bid to give honours and citizenship to a Saudi national linked to the Prince of Wales’s charity The Prince’s Foundation has been launched, police have said.

The Metropolitan Police said it is investigating allegations of offences under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

It said in a statement: “The decision follows an assessment of a September 2021 letter. This related to media reporting alleging offers of help were made to secure honours and citizenship for a Saudi national.

“The Special Enquiry Team has conducted the assessment process which has included contacting those believed to hold relevant information.

“Officers liaised with The Prince’s Foundation about the findings of an independent investigation into fundraising practices. The Foundation provided a number of relevant documents.

“These documents were reviewed alongside existing information. The assessment determined an investigation will commence.”

There have been no arrests or interviews under caution, the force added.

A spokesperson for The Prince’s Foundation said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation.”

It is understood the charity is continuing to offer its full co-operation to the Metropolitan Police.

In September, Clarence House said Charles had “no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities”.

It said the royal was fully supportive of an investigation by The Prince’s Foundation.

On Wednesday, Clarence House reiterated its previous statement, saying: “The Prince of Wales had no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities.”

Prince Charles established The Prince’s Foundation, an educational charity, in 1986.

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