He has had his “right hand” for decades Prince Charles. The reason for Michael Fawcett, who resigned from the role of head of one of the charities of Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, weeks after a newspaper article, according to which he had offered honorary titles in exchange for donations.
The Sunday Times reported in a September article that A Saudi businessman, Mahfouz Murray Mubarak bin Mahfouz, was decorated with the help of the prince’s aides after previously paying thousands of pounds in programs strongly supported by Charles.
Following the publication of the article, Fawcett temporarily resigned as director of The Prince’s Foundation, a charity affiliated with Charles, and the regulator launched an investigation into the funding.
The charity issued a statement today stating that Fawcett has officially resigned as CEO. The prince’s office, Clarence House, said the foundation would also stop using Fawcett’s company, Premier Mode, which organized events for the charity, which cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“Michael Fawcett and Premier Mode will not provide services to us in the future. “We have all agreed to put an end to these arrangements,” said a Clarence House spokesman.
It was not possible to contact Fawcett for comment, but according to the Daily Mail, a friend told him that the former royal servant is “crushed”.
The simple servant who ascended to the hierarchy of the royal house
Fawcett began as a simple servant in the British palaces and rose through the ranks of the royal family until he became a personal assistant to the successor. The British media have repeatedly reported on the relationship between the two, citing a statement by Charles to friends that Fawcett was the only assistant he considered necessary.
In 2003, Fawcett resigned as the prince’s personal servant following a critical internal report on the way he ran the prince’s office, describing him as an unpopular man who intimidated other staff and accepted valuable gifts, although the report acquitted him of charges of corruption or inappropriate activity.
However Fawcett stays close to Charles and serves on the board of the prince’s private company.