Baker: There needs to be a thorough investigation into King Charles’s honors scandal

Norman Baker was a British Home Office minister and he’s author of And What Do You Do? What the Royal Family Doesn’t Want You to Know. For years now, Baker has been ringing the alarm that the Windsors are a bunch of lawless and arrogant criminals, conning the British taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of pounds a year. Baker is always quoted in stories about the cost of the monarchy or would-be police inquiries into whichever royal figure. Last week, King Charles was “cleared” of any charges involving his long-running cash-for-honours scheme, in which Charles provided knighthoods and British citizenship to anyone handing him a suitcase full of cash. Baker was once again good for some quotes about the situation, and now Baker has written a column about it in the Sunday Times – here’s an excerpt:

When is an offence not an offence? When it involves members of the royal family. On September 5, 2021, I emailed the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police drawing attention to a letter reported in The Sunday Times. It had been sent a fortnight earlier by Michael Fawcett, the trusted aide of Prince Charles, as he then was, and explicitly linked the donation of money to one of the prince’s good causes with the award of an honour to a Saudi Arabian businessman, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz. Such a link is an apparent offence under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

Presented with the evidence on a plate, what did the Met do? As little as possible. After five months, I wrote to the detective inspector allegedly investigating the case to ask why neither Fawcett nor Charles had been spoken to, let alone interviewed under caution. Eventually, the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which suggested the police believed there was a case to answer. Almost two years on, the Met announced last week that the case has been dropped.

The CPS can drop a case for two reasons: insufficient evidence or the fact that prosecution is not in the public interest. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the decision to drop this case is less about the evidence and more about the royal fingerprints on it.

Or was the evidence just thin? Only two people were interviewed under caution by police; it is not clear that Charles or Mafouz – the man who received the honour – was ever spoken to. If you don’t look for evidence, you won’t find it. The Met and the CPS need to explain why the case has been dropped. The Palace denied that Charles knew anything about it but the fact remains that Fawcett was in no position to deliver a knighthood or citizenship, but Charles conceivably was.

We also know that Charles has been prepared to accept money for his good causes from anybody and everybody. This included on at least three occasions personally accepting gifts of €1 million, stuffed into a suitcase, a holdall and Fortnum & Mason bags, from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani.

Charles and the rest of the royals act in a way that suggests they have licence to flout the laws of the land, confident — and with good reason — they will not be held to account. For example, no action was taken in 2016, when Prince Andrew rammed his Range Rover repeatedly into gates in Windsor Great Park, rather than take a short diversion, causing thousands of pounds in damage. Instead, the taxpayer, through the Crown Estate, quietly picked up the bill. Nor was there a prosecution in 2019 after Prince Philip pulled out from a side road into the path of another car, causing a collision and injuries to the occupants.

[From The Times]

I actually forgot that story about Andrew ramming into the gate in Windsor, good lord. Anyway, yes, the Windsors absolutely act as if they’re above the law. I realize that the police would have found it tricky to do a full investigation or a formal interview with Charles, but I think even Charles was expecting more of an investigation. He set up Michael Fawcett as the scapegoat, Charles practically delivered Fawcett to the police gift-wrapped and ready for charges, but the police didn’t even want to do the bare minimum. I wonder what other crimes the Windsors get away with.

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  1. Andy Dufresne says:

    Protect Norman Baker at all cost! He’s one of VERY few folks who are critical of the monarchy.

  2. Lorelei says:

    At least one person has the cojones to say it.

  3. bisynaptic says:

    Donald Trump is dying of envy.

  4. Too many believe that these royals have been ordained ( or whatever the correct term) by God so of course they can do no wrong and have been allowed and will continue to be allowed to do anything they want. This perception needs to change and the monarchy abolished but I won’t hold my breath waiting for it to happen.

    • Decowell says:

      Belieiving in God and believing that monarchs or leaders are ordained by God is no excuse to turn a blind-eye to wrongdoing. The Bible has examples of Kings, Priests, etc. being reprimanded for abusing their power.

  5. Wannabefarmer says:

    Waste of time and money. Any investigations of this lot will go the way of the dodo bird, just like every other one before. The sad reality is that some people really are above the law. How can they not be in societies founded/built on (social) class hierarchy?

  6. what's inside says:

    What else can they get away with? Murder for one.

  7. swaz says:

    This Royal bullshit 😮 just needs to be cancelled 🙄

  8. Mary Pester says:

    Yes there does need to be, but the UK hasn’t run out of Royal WHITE wash yet!! Oh and Diana’s death anyone????

    • Patricia says:

      @MaryPester Exactly , Mary, I knew as I watched the news that night, what happened. I said to my husband “She was murdered. It’s just too convenient.” And as time went by I was proved right because I know my British history and what those boneheads are capable of making happen. I think that’s one of the reasons they fear Harry because he knows it too. As
      I believe William does as well but his lack of any comments is typical of his personality. And there’s still those 400 pages safely tucked sway.

  9. MSTJ says:

    At some point I hope people will acknowledge that the British royal family/institution operates like a mafia. Until then there will be dignified silence while they commit acts that many would view as criminal or unlawful acts that common folks would be charged, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned for committing. Oh well 🤷‍♀️ ….they’re still trying to maintain dignified silence for their accumulation of wealth from their role in slavery which happened hundreds of years ago so maybe people will not eventually acknowledge that they operate like a mafia. 😔

    • LRB says:

      MSTJ the issue is about more than slavery money. Philip married in pretty much penniless and died worth about £30m is rumours are to be believed – it is certainly acknowledged he had a lot of money to leave in his Will. Same with the Queen Mother – given they never had paid employment as such, where did all this personal wealth come from? Is it the tax money squirrelled away? Is it ‘gifts’ from wealthy people? The slavery wealth is, I think, in the hands of the monarch and obviously very tainted but the merry go round is still turning somewhere somehow.

  10. Brassy Rebel says:

    Of course, the fact that they’re not accountable in any way only raises the question, what have they already gotten away with which we know nothing about? I’m sure there are things that would shock and horrify us. If we only knew.