By Marwan Arafa
On February 16th, Scotland Yard launched an investigation into Prince Charles’ charity regarding alleged offers of royal honors and British citizenship to a Saudi businessman who donated to the Prince’s charity. This comes a day after Prince Andrew reached a settlement with Virginia Guffrey concering allegations of sexual abuse.
Clarence House, president of Prince Charles’ foundation stated that the Prince had “no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities.” After London police received a letter last September regarding reports that an employee of Prince Charles’ offered to aid in securing honors and citizenship for a Saudi citizen. These allegations would be classified as offenses under the Prevention of Abuses Act of 1925. Police say at this time, no arrests have been made.
However, the charity also announced that it will be conducting an investigation into these claims. These allegations came in the same year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee- a year of celebration of the Queen’s 70 year reign. While Prince Charles is the president of the charity foundation, it is said that he is not involved in its normal everyday activities. The prince’s office stated that “The Prince of Wales had no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities.”