DECEMBER 2021 - CHARITY
WATCHDOG INVESTIGATION PRINCE CHARLES'S SCOTTISH VILLAGE - A charity watchdog has launched an investigation into financial transactions used to bail out the Prince of Wales’s struggling eco-village in
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is already examining fundraising practices at the Prince’s Foundation, following allegations that the Prince of Wales' closest former aide co-ordinated with "fixers" over honours nominations for a Saudi billionaire donor.
Michael Fawcett resigned as the foundation's chief executive in November, amid claims he promised to help secure a knighthood and British citizenship for Saudi
billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.
Mr Fawcett was involved in directing money from Mahfouz’s foundation to another charity of which the Prince was patron.
Now it can be revealed that the OSCR is also examining the way Lord Brownlow’s Havisham investment group stepped in to buy nine properties at Knockroon in East Ayrshire, where a new development of more than 700 homes was planned along the lines of Poundbury – the Dorset village built to reflect the Prince’s architectural and community values.
Widening scope of the investigation
In its accounts for the year up to March 2021, published last week, the Prince’s Foundation said the OSCR had widened the scope of its probe, stating: “The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, in addition to reviewing the Trustee response in relation to the press allegations made against the Foundation, also enquired into certain historical property transactions.”
The sale of the Knockroon properties had been intended to raise millions of pounds needed to restore run down Dumfries House, which
Prince Charles acquired in 2007 along with the land for the eco-village, for £45 million, including £20 million borrowed through the Prince’s Foundation.
The sum has long since been paid off, but developers had been struggling to sell even the first phase of 31 houses after they went on sale from 2011, until Lord Brownlow stepped in to buy the nine properties as buy-to-lets and a cafe.
Lord Brownlow was revealed this year to have also partly funded work to refurbish
Boris Johnson’s flat at Number 11 Downing
A spokesman for the OSCR told The
Telegraph: “We are currently considering all the evidence we have gathered to support our own inquiry into these matters, and are continuing to work with the charity and others before we decide what action, if any, is required in this case.”
The Prince’s Foundation admitted in its accounts that the rows over donations risked damaging its reputation.
In its accounts, the Foundation states: “The findings of the report and the attendant legal advice highlighted a number of areas of risk to the Foundation. The risks identified and considered include the potential for legal, regulatory, employee and reputational risks. The trustees accept the reputational risk arising from these events as probable and note the possible risk of both legal and regulatory liability outcomes.”
Mahfouz has been one of the most prolific donors to Prince Charles’s charities, with the Mahfouz Wood at the 15th-century Castle of Mey named after him. The castle was formerly the
Queen Mother’s home and is now one of the Prince’s Scottish residences.
Mahfouz’s donations of more than £1.5 million helped to fund renovations of residences used by the Prince, and other charitable ventures.
Clarence House has said that the Prince had “no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities”.
The Prince’s Foundation would not comment specifically on the OSCR’s examination of transactions relating to Lord Brownlow, but in a statement Dame Sue Bruce, chair of its board of trustees, said it was considering the findings of the watchdog’s investigations.
She has previously said: “The board of trustees is determined that lessons will be learned to ensure that, in future, our charity maintains the highest standards in all areas and always acts with the utmost integrity and probity.”
committed by a nation against it's own citizens are dealt with by the International
Criminal Court, as per the Rome
Statute. This is where the State concerned refuses to accept they
are acting illegally. Nobody is above the law, including royalty by
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conduct with Virginia
For the avoidance of doubt, an allegation of sexual assault does not
brand a person a pedophile. A common misconception. In US law, Henry
VIII may have been classed as a pedophile, for marrying young women. But
laws change. In many European, African and Pacific countries, it is
lawful to take a bride of 13. In the UK the age of consent is 16, in the
USA it varies from 16 - 18. Trafficking, as in grooming under age people
for sex or prostitution, is another matter entirely. Such as that Ghislaine
Maxwell was convicted of in 2021, looking to appeal in 2022.
IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE - Under the present system where the Head of
State is a royal, and there is no written
constitution, politicians like
David Cameron and Boris
Johnson can lie
with impunity - even to Queen
Elizabeth - and not face penalties. Police
officers can shoot unarmed civilians and not be sent to prison, and
planning officers can deceive the Secretaries of State and High Court
judges, and not be prosecuted. In effect, it is alleged that there is little justice in
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We aver that such
machinations are costing the ordinary taxpayer, Treasury and the Crown (being the
state) significant sums of money, while adding to the UK's carbon
footprint. Hence, the country is not being run effectively by the at
defective administration, not to serve its citizens, but to sustain and
profit itself. Unlike the US
Constitution of 1791 that exists to serve
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