Leaked emails show Prince Harry cutting ties with billionaire in ‘money-for-access’ row


Leaked emails have revealed that Prince Harry has severed ties with a Saudi billionaire amid serious concerns about his “motives”.

The Duke of Sussex made the move years ago when the tycoon was caught up in the police investigation that engulfed the future king, Prince Charles.

Prince Charles and Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz have become common subjects in a Metropolitan Police investigation after Mahfouz donated £1.5 million to his heir’s charities, before receiving honor of CBE.

Last week, the force announced that it was launching a probe to investigate whether honors were exchanged in return for cash.

But the Prince of Wales’ youngest son distanced himself from Mahfouz amid concerns about “cash-to-access” in 2014, years before Charles accepted his generous donations.

Prince Charles has said he is open to talking to the police but is unaware of any such transaction


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This weekend, detectives are looking into a letter sent to Mahfouz’s representatives by Michael Fawcett, Charles’s oldest confidant and former leader of the Prince’s Order, in which Fawcett said he would be “very happy” to support Saudi Arabia’s nomination for an honorary, The Times reported.

Officers could also call Clive Alderton, Charles’ personal secretary, to understand if the prince or House Clarence was aware of these dealings between Fawcett and Mahfouz.

The Duke of Sussex was just 30 years old when he expressed “great concern” about Mahfouz and separated just two years ago when his father presented the tycoon with a CBE at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Charles, 73, has written to thank Mahfouz for his contributions and has visited him several times in both the UK and Saudi Arabia.

But the future king said he was “not aware” of any trade-offs between donations and titles and that Harry’s apparent concerns were never shared with him.

Mahfouz has also denied any wrongdoing, while Fawcett, 59, a former servant of Charles, has been forced to step down from his role at the Prince’s Foundation because of the revelations.

Charity watchdogs in England and Scotland have launched a joint investigation.

Scotland Yard began looking into the Prince of Wales’ relationship with Mahfouz after a Sunday Times article last year raised concerns about their dealings.

But the latest documents discovered date back to 2014 when Prince Harry was seeking donations for Sentebale, a charity that helps HIV-positive children in Lethoso, southern Africa.

As a co-founder of the charity, Harry has agreed to meet Mahfouz, who is making a £1 million donation offer.

The donation even went into draft charity accounts until Mahfouz abruptly announced a new ‘precondition’ for the offer.

Mahfouz’s agent told Mark Dyer, a Sentebale trustee and former royal soldier known as Harry’s “second father”, that he wanted Harry to fly to the home of Saudi Arabia and meet his family before the money was transferred.

The emails show there are serious concerns by royal aides about ‘cash for access’


On May 31, 2014, Dyer, 54, sent his agent an email expressing his concern: “Do we really say that if PH [Prince Harry] commit to a trip to Saudi Arabia, will Sentebale receive the donation?

“If that is the case, I would need to notify the board in advance as all accounts have been modified and signed on the back of the receipt of the £1 million grant.

“I’m meeting with PH today at Windsor; I’ll brief him on the situation and see if he now wants to commit to a trip, but this is definitely not to our knowledge. . . it is starting to raise the question ‘cash for access’. “

On the same day, a representative for Mahfouz responded by stressing that the original proposed visit to Saudi Arabia had been initiated by Charles at the “CH meeting”, a meeting at Clarence House a few weeks earlier.

On that occasion, Charles was told by a representative of Saudi Arabia that he had encouraged the idea of ​​Harry visiting the kingdom.

Harry showed a willingness to do business with Mahfouz at the time and is even said to have joked: “Did Dad hit me and take the money?”

On June 1, 2014, Dyer wrote back to Mahfouz’s fixer to say he had spoken to the prince and had had a “long conversation” with his private secretary.

“There is a concern and we have to be very careful going forward,” Dyer said.

“We haven’t committed to a visit yet, we’ve discussed maybe in the future we’ll meet privately over the weekend on a boat.

“POW [Prince of Wales] apparently mentioned it in passing conversation; that doesn’t mean PH comes next week. He desperately wants his son to go see that part of the world, but not next week.

“What happened now was a promise of a £1m donation but now it comes with a commitment for a visit…that I don’t understand.

Prince Harry, pictured with his wife Meghan Markle, left the billionaire 8 years ago


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“I then discussed it with PH and absolutely right, he has great concern that we are losing [sic] touch what all this is about…it’s not about USA [Mahfouz] meet PH and refer him to friends and [Mahfouz’s adviser] have as many PH photos on his desk as possible…that’s [sic] about the children of Lesotho and Sentebale who made a difference in their lives. “

Dyer, godfather of Harry’s son Archie, continued: “There is a possibility of visiting Saudi Arabia and if this happens PH will visit M, but to be celebrated on a barrel, I think is wrong.

“It would be a shame if this happened and I think we need to start over and remember the first meeting with the PH. What is now on the table is very different.”

Mahfouz continued to have sex with Harry and gave at least £50,000 to Sentebale.

But the £1 million donation and visit to Saudi Arabia both failed to materialize.

Instead, Mahfouz increased his donations to Charles-linked charities after his assistants made it clear they would satisfy the businessman’s desire to reach.

In October 2014, Charles hosted Mahfouz for the weekend at Dumfries House, the royal residence in Ayrshire.

In 2015 they met at the British embassy in Riyadh and in 2016 Charles gave Mahfouz his CBE at Buckingham Palace.

The letter from Fawcett, now in police custody, shows that the donor was initially lined up to receive the honorary OBE – but the award was later upgraded.

Following a discussion on 29 July 2014, about potential contributions of up to £10 million, Fawcett wrote to Mahfouz’s representatives: “In connection with the support of the honorary OBE nomination for lord [Mahfouz]we would be happy to deliver any such letter on time outlining his continued charity and generosity to the UK in recreating the legacy.

“I’ll get back to you when I’ve discovered more about the necessary process that needs to be followed.”

Fawcett is then said to have offered to assist Mahfouz in securing chivalry and British citizenship, although these never happened, The Times reported.

Prince Charles has spoken of his willingness to cooperate with the police.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales was unaware of the supposed honorary offer on the basis of donations to his charities.”

Palace sources say Charles discourages Harry from visiting Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for Harry declined to comment.

Mahfouz has previously denied seeking any favors in return for his donations.

The Prince’s Foundation said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation.”

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