The Metropolitan Police has decided to take no further action about allegations that an official honour was given to a Saudi business person in exchange for cash.
Former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker told the Guardian that “I’m not actually surprised. To have taken action would have offended important people in society.”
According to that newspaper “a long-time senior aide of the then-Prince Charles had offered a Saudi billionaire (and donor to causes close to the king’s heart) help to secure a knighthood and UK citizenship in return for donations”.
Although no allegations were made against Charles Windsor, hereditary head of state, between 2011 and 2015 his Charitable Fund accepted 3m euros in cash that was handed over in a suitcase and a carrier bag by a Qatari sheikh.