Prince Harry wanted to shed light on the scandal that sprinkles his father’s foundation. Last month ehe executive director of the entity and a heir to the British throne, Michael Fawcett, he resigned from his position permanently after an alleged favor treatment and influence peddling came to light that would have been exercised from the entity towards the Saudi magnate Mahfouz Marei Mubarak, so that obtained knighthood and British citizenship in exchange for donations. The foundation has opened an investigation and the Duke of Sussex has been quick to clarify that broke ties with the tycoon in 2015 and that already then “expressed concern” about the matter.
The Prince of Wales’ youngest son agreed to meet Mubarak in 2013 after he made a donation of £ 50,000. (almost 58,500 euros) to the entity of Carlos de Inglaterra and hinted that he would give more, according to reports The Sunday Times. They met in a London pub in Chelsea, where they discussed Duke Sentebale’s charity, before meeting him again at Clarence House. Harry and his associates as well as his entity severed ties with Mubarak and his associates in 2015 and no longer accepted any more donations to Sentebale. “The Duke had a planned meeting with this donor almost eight years ago, did not introduce him to any member of the Royal Family and expressed concern about him.” At Clarence House, the official residence of the heir to the throne, according to a source citing The Telegraph, “Nobody remembers” that these fears arose, which would explain that Prince Charles will continue to meet with the Saudi millionaire on multiple occasions in England, Scotland and Saudi Arabia and money continued to be received from him.
The truth is that Mahfouz Marei Mubarak received his distinction as a knight of the Order of the British Empire from the hands of Prince Charles in a private ceremony that took place at Clarence House in 2016, according to the Daily mail. A year later Micahel Fawcetrt wrote her a letter saying that the prince’s foundation would be “happy and willing” to use its influence to help him.
Scotland Yard is investigating whether the Honors Act was violated in this case. Clarence House was already quick to say that the Prince “had no knowledge” of the scandal or the alleged favorable treatment that would have been exercised. “It is important to her Royal Highness that the charities bearing her name operate to the highest standards, in accordance with established rules,” they said. However, William Bortrick, the magnate’s advisor, insists that Prince Charles was not only aware of everything but supported the fact that Mahfouz Marei Mubarak was rewarded for his generous contribution, something that the Palace has already been quick to deny, pointing out that “Bortrick has never worked for the Prince.”
In 2018 Michael Fawcett was appointed Executive Director of the Prince’s Foundation. Earlier this year multi-million pound donations began to arouse suspicion, especially from this particular millionaire, who donated € 1.3 million that was used to renovate some properties. The Foundation took action on the matter and immediately ordered an investigation, which led to the temporary dismissal of the executive. Two months later and before the progress of the investigations, his resignation has been irrevocable.
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Prince Harry disassociates himself from the scandal that sparks his father’s foundation