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Investigation over honours and citizenship for Saudi national launched by police

An investigation into a bid to give honours and citizenship to a Saudi national linked to the Prince of Wales’ charity has been launched, police have said.

The Metropolitan Police Service said it is investigating allegations of offences under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

It said in a statement: “The decision follows an assessment of a September 2021 letter. This related to media reporting alleging offers of help were made to secure honours and citizenship for a Saudi national.

“The Special Enquiry Team has conducted the assessment process which has included contacting those believed to hold relevant information.

“Officers liaised with The Prince’s Foundation about the findings of an independent investigation into fundraising practices. The Foundation provided a number of relevant documents.

“These documents were reviewed alongside existing information. The assessment determined an investigation will commence.”

There have been no arrests or interviews under caution, the force added

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