Charles breaks cover as he steps out with Anne after revelations on new Met Police probe

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Prince Charles and Princess Anne presented together on Thursday morning the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for higher and further education at St James’s Palace. This ceremony celebrates excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by UK colleges and universities and is run by independent charity Royal Anniversary Trust.  

On Thursday, the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne stepped in for the Queen, who officially grants the awards every two years. 

The royal siblings appeared in high spirits as they were filmed walking alongside the representatives in the education sector and the award winners. 

Prince Charles’s appearance comes just one day after the Metropolitan Police announced it launched a probe into claims regarding his charity, the Prince’s Foundation. 

Scotland Yard issued a statement on Wednesday saying its decision to launch the probe comes after an “assessment of a September 2021 letter”. 

The announcement continued: “This related to media reporting alleging offers of help were made to secure honours and citizenship for a Saudi national.

“The Special Enquiry Team has conducted the assessment process which has included contacting those believed to hold relevant information.”

Mentioning a collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation on this investigation, the statement also said: “Officers liaised with The Prince’s Foundation about the findings of an independent investigation into fundraising practices.

“The Foundation provided a number of relevant documents. 

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“These documents were reviewed alongside existing information.

“The assessment determined an investigation will commence.

“There have been no arrests or interviews under caution.”

A source told the Telegraph on Wednesday Prince Charles is open to help the Met Police with the investigation, if asked to do so. 

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They said: “There has been no request for help from the police so far, but if he is asked to help he will of course do so.”

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