CPS reviews Metropolitan Police file on King Charles charity investigation

The British King Charles III. attends the memorial service at the Whitehall Cenotaph in London on Sunday 13 November 2022. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)

The Metropolitan Police have turned over a file to prosecutors after allegations emerged relating to one of the King’s charities (Image: AP).

Prosecutors are considering bringing charges into investigating one of the king’s charities.

The Prince’s Foundation has come under scrutiny after allegations of a cash-for-honor deal surfaced.

Metropolitan Police detectives launched an investigation in February after allegations that the then heir apparent’s close adviser had offered to help a Saudi billionaire attain a knighthood in exchange for financial support for causes close to the charity.

Anti-monarchy group Republic filed a formal police complaint against Charles and former close associate Michael Fawcett in September 2021 after the press reports surfaced.

Now the force has confirmed that a bundle of evidence has been handed over to prosecutors, the organization that decides whether to take legal action.

If she went ahead, it would raise the prospect of the monarch’s involvement being discussed in open court.

A Met spokesman said: “On October 31, a file was turned over to the CPS.

“The investigation is ongoing and we will not be providing any ongoing comment on its progress.”

File photo dated 01/05/19 of the Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay, while he was in Scotland, with Michael Fawcett (right). The Metropolitan Police have opened an investigation into an alleged cash-for-honors scandal after the Prince of Wales and his former close confidante were reported to police over the allegations. Pressure group Republic contacted Scotland Yard last September and reported both the future king and Michael Fawcett, Charles' former royal valet, on suspicion of violating the Honors (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. Issue date: Wednesday February 16, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Foundation. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The allegations revolved around the behavior of Michael Fawcett (right), a longtime confidant of the King (Credits: PA)

The force said in September a man in his 50s and a man in his 40s were spoken to with caution earlier in the month, on September 6, two days before the Queen died and Charles became king.

It is understood that the king was not approached by the police or asked to do so.

According to The Sunday Times, the CPS is due to decide before Christmas whether or not to press charges.

Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on an ongoing police inquiry.

The Mail on Sunday published a letter last autumn 2017 in which Mr Fawcett allegedly wrote that he was ready to demand that Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz’s CBE be knighted.

According to the report, the request would be made in response to “recent and anticipated support” from the trust.

Mr. Mahfouz is said to have donated large sums to restoration projects of particular interest to Charles.

Mr Fawcett stepped down from his role with the charity last year.

When the inquiry was launched, a spokesman for Charles at Clarence House said the then-Prince of Wales was “not aware of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of a donation to his charities”.

Mr Mahfouz is said to have denied any wrongdoing.

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