Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest child of
Queen Elizabeth II. He has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history. He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958.
Charles was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and
DECEMBER 2021 - CHARITY WATCHDOG INVESTIGATION PRINCE CHARLES'S SCOTTISH
charity watchdog has launched an investigation into financial
transactions used to bail out the Prince of Wales’s struggling
eco-village in Scotland.
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
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.
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
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
Johnson’s flat at Number 11 Downing Street.
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
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.”
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