King is urged to speak out over cash for honours row as expert accuses His Majesty of hiding behind ‘flunkeys’ 

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  • Alleged cash-for-honors scam could face criminal charges
  • King Charles, the former head of the foundation, was asked to make a statement
  • He cannot be compelled to give evidence in court because of ‘sovereign immunity’

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King is under increasing pressure to make a public statement on an alleged cash-for-honors scam at one of his charities.

Former crime minister Norman Baker said Charles could no longer “hide behind his bullies” as it emerged prosecutors could decide on possible criminal charges next month.

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Michael Fawcett, 59, the king’s former valet, resigned as head of the Prince’s Foundation last year when the allegations first emerged. He is accused of helping decide a CBE for Saudi tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz after he gave more than £1.5 million to royal functions.

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King Charles III is under pressure to make a public statement over an alleged cash-for-honours scandal at one of his charities. He is accused of helping decide a CBE for Saudi tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz (right) after he gave more than £1.5 million to royal functions.

Charles presented the honor at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Mr Fawcett, the king’s longest serving man, wrote to the Saudi benefactor in 2017 and reportedly offered help to upgrade his CBE to a knighthood and support his application for British citizenship.

The 74-year-old King has not been spoken to by detectives or given a statement.

He is protected by ‘sovereign immunity’ from being compelled to testify in court.

Mr Baker, a republican who has written a book on royal finances, said: ‘What we need now is a clear statement from Charles himself, who needs to lead the way, not hide behind his bullies.

‘Charles has shown an unwise and unhealthy tendency to accept money for his good deeds from anyone and in any way without asking what the price is.’

Following a complaint from Mr Baker, Scotland Yard launched an investigation into possible offenses under the Honor (Prevention of Misbehavior) Act 1925.

The Palace did not comment. Mr. Fawcett and Mr. Mahfouz have also not commented.

Michael Fawcett (right) has resigned as chief executive of one of Charles' charities amid an alleged honor-for-cash scandal

Michael Fawcett (right) has resigned as chief executive of one of Charles’ charities amid an alleged honor-for-cash scandal

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