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Police probe into Prince Charles' foundation over donations-for-honours allegations

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Britain's Prince Charles reacts as he attends an advent service held at Holy Trinity Brompton church, in London, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.
Britain's Prince Charles reacts as he attends an advent service held at Holy Trinity Brompton church, in London, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.   -   Copyright  Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo via AP

Police have launched an investigation into allegations that donations to the foundation of Prince Charles were given to secure honours and citizenship for a Saudi national.

The Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday said it had started the probe following assessment of a September 2021 letter.

"Officers liaised with The Prince’s Foundation about the findings of an independent investigation into fundraising practices," the force said in a statement.

"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."

A spokesperson for the Prince's Foundation said it would be "inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation".

Two newspapers reported last year that a former close aide to Prince Charles coordinated support for an honour for Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.

That aide, Michael Fawcett, stepped down from his role following the reports.