The case into King Charles’s financial crimes has been passed to the prosecutors

Truly, one of the weirdest things happened from the summer of 2021 up until August of this year. The weird thing was… a series of very insider-y leaks from then-Prince Charles’s foundation, all about Charles’s tacky money grabs, his acceptance of literal suitcases full of cash, and his unethical (and likely illegal) cash-for-honours deals. Charles would accept millions of dollars in exchange for providing access and honours to foreign millionaires, and he was even promising them British citizenship in some cases. There was a steady drip of revelations about Charles’s sketchy financial relationships with an assortment of shady rich people, so much so that Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police were eventually pressured into launching an investigation into Charles’s foundation. Well… the case has now been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. At no point did Scotland Yard interview Charles.

A file of evidence about cash-for-honours allegations involving one of the King’s charities has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. The claims relate to The Prince’s Foundation, a charity set up by the King when he was the Prince of Wales.The investigation followed newspaper reports a Saudi donor to the Prince’s Foundation was allegedly offered help to receive an honour.

Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on an ongoing police inquiry. The Prince’s Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “A file was passed to the CPS on 31 October.

“The investigation remains ongoing and we will not be providing a running commentary on its progress.”

The Sunday Times has reported prosecutors are expected to decide before Christmas if charges would be brought. No one has been arrested. Anti-monarchy group Republic made a formal complaint to Met detectives about Charles and former close confidant Michael Fawcett in September 2021, following the newspaper stories. Mr Fawcett, who has since resigned as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation, had been accused of promising to help Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz to secure a knighthood and in getting citizenship.

[From BBC]

It was clear that the leaks were designed to protect Charles in a way and get all of the damaging sh-t out before he became king, although I have to wonder if Charles even understands how bad those stories were. It feels like Charles made the (correct) calculation that the police couldn’t touch him anyway and that the British media would do easy on him too, because what he was involved in was a series of dry, unsexy financial crimes. It was also clear that Charles had arranged his patsy – his longtime confidante Michael Fawcett, who operated the Prince’s Foundation and was the one making all of those promises to despots and shady businessmen. Speaking of, Fawcett managed to allocate a tidy sum for himself from the foundation too:

The King’s former aide Michael Fawcett got a £60,000 pay-off when he was forced to step down from The Prince’s Foundation over a cash for honours scandal, the charity’s latest accounts reveal. It means that in his last five months in office, Mr Fawcett, 60, received £190,000 from the charity, including his six-figure salary.

He stepped down as chief executive in September last year after The Mail on Sunday revealed he offered to help a wealthy Saudi donor obtain a knighthood and British citizenship. He resigned two months later. The revelations sparked a police inquiry, which is ongoing. Two men were questioned under caution by police on September 6, two days before the Queen died.

Last night, the Met Police said the ‘cash for honours’ probe had progressed, with evidence handed to the Crown Prosecution Service on October 31. Now accounts show Mr Fawcett, as ‘head of the provider’, was paid £59,582, including £21,923 holiday pay plus £877 of pension contributions. An additional £1,200 for ‘independent legal advice’ was provided by the foundation.

[From The Daily Mail]

“It means that in his last five months in office, Mr Fawcett, 60, received £190,000 from the charity, including his six-figure salary.” It means that Charles and Michael Fawcett agreed that Fawcett would fall on his sword for his boss and Charles is making sure that Fawcett is being taken care of financially to a certain extent. Did Charles originally plan this with Fawcett as the fall guy? I doubt it, but at some point, Charles decided to just hang all of this around Fawcett’s neck.

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20 Responses to “The case into King Charles’s financial crimes has been passed to the prosecutors”

  1. HeatherC says:

    The Crown Prosecution Service. The CROWN.

    As predicted this is going nowhere and I agree with Kaiser, it was an info dump before he became king so there was no more gotcha moment. But there was never going to be any action on this, just a perfunctory “see we really did investigate” then lock away in a file cabinet with Philip’s will.

    • Sugarhere says:

      Or, using Fawcett as Charles’ scapegoat. The king being intouchable, his wing man could serve jail time in his place.

      Disclaimer : Judy Dench says this story isn’t true. She wants to clarify Charles isn’t corrupt.

    • Mtl.ex.pat says:

      Crown prosecution service is just the name of the organization. It’s the same in Canada – criminal prosecutors are called crown attorneys. It’s the equivalent of a district attorney in the US.
      And hahahaha Re the Judi Dench disclaimer

  2. ThatsNotOkay says:

    £60,000 is way too little money to go down for this. Charles has to be taking care of him in some other way as well. And it would be complete BS for Fawcett to be the only one prosecuted for this. Money bags Charles literally grabbed bags of cash and funneled them through his charity. He is corrupt and Harry’s seen the business model. Depose him, lol.

  3. Becks1 says:

    So of course Fawcett is the fall guy and I’m sure there are a few others lined up. But even if there weren’t – they can’t prosecute the King (I’m assuming they can’t at any rate.) so it seems the investigation will just….what, end? He’s the king, so there’s no crime, so we all move on?

  4. Amy Bee says:

    The monarch is exempt from criminal prosecution so Charles’ in the clear now. Very convenient for the police to submit their report after the Queen dies.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      That’s what I was going to say. The monarch can commit any crime and cannot be prosecuted for it. Nice system you got there, Britain. They may not even prosecute Fawcett.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Hey, we’re not doing so great here, either. We have a former president who “crimed” right out in the open. Even with the compelling evidence (in NY/GA as well as Fed. Crimes) Teflon Don STILL isn’t even indicted let alone in prison, along with his thieving crotch-spawns.

  5. Therese says:

    Has anyone ever wondered, besides myself, if Michael was Charles’ real paramour? I’m just asking. Thought crossed my mind more than once.

    • Angelica Schuyler says:

      I have read stories about them being long time lovers, and having been caught in compromising positions, but I cannot speak to the veracity of those claims. Let’s just say that you are not the first one to suggest this. A quick Google search brought up some old tabloid covers suggesting that Charles enjoys the company of men….(But we know about those tabloids…..)

      • Concern Fae says:

        Above a certain level of social class, sexual orientation becomes very difficult to ascertain.

      • Lux says:

        Google George Smith, Charle’s former, late valet who claimed that Michael Fawcett raped him. He also claimed to have seen Fawcett and Charles in a compromising position. Apparently Smith told Diana and she taped the conversation. Those tapes disappeared after her death.

        So, so many skeletons. The allegations are far too specific and random to be dismissed. And Diana must’ve gained Smith’s trust as someone who knew most of Charle’s secrets/dark side. Frightening how the people who knew too much are now forever silenced.

    • Emily_C says:

      He might have been one of them. Bisexuality is a thing. (That people seem to forget about a lot.) But it’s not like Charles really cares about anyone. Fawcett’s been very useful to Charles when it comes to criminal shenanigans — any consensual sex stuff really doesn’t matter.

    • Bisynaptic says:

      Look up Stephen Colbert’s segment on the Daily Show about this. It’s hilarious.

  6. Jaded says:

    Fawcett knows where the bodies are buried so it’s highly likely Charles is still paying him some kind of *consulting* fee on the downlow. That being said, because the monarch can’t be prosecuted for any crimes, Fawcett will be thrown under the bus in the blink of an eye and he knows it. He will continue being the King’s toady and doing his bidding.

  7. QuiteContrary says:

    The British monarchy has long been a criminal enterprise. It’s never faced any punishment for looting other countries.

  8. Coldbloodedjellydonut says:

    This dude looks like Ted Cruz’s twin.

  9. Bisynaptic says:

    I looked it up: despite what the name suggests, the Crown Prosecution Service is not a branch of the police dedicated to prosecuting misbehaving royals.
    Will Charles let Fawcett go to prison? He himself is, of course, sacrosanct.

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