Michael Fawcett quit temporarily as chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation whilst an investigation into allegations about his conduct takes place. Mr Fawcett, understood to be one of the Prince’s most trusted aides, is alleged to have coordinated support to “upgrade” an honorary OBE to a CBE for Saudi Businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.
This was in return for providing millions in funding for restoration projects of particular interest to Charles, according to claims reported by Sunday newspapers.
Douglas Connell, chair of the Scottish registered The Prince’s Foundation, said: “Earlier today, Michael Fawcett offered to step down temporarily from active duties as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation while the trustees’ investigation is ongoing.
“The Prince’s Foundation has accepted this offer. Michael fully supports the ongoing investigation and has confirmed that he will assist the investigation in every way.”
A spokeswoman for The Prince’s Foundation said: “The Prince’s Foundation takes very seriously the allegations that have recently been brought to its attention and the matter is currently under investigation.”
Mr Mahfouz denies any wrongdoing.
Mr Fawcett, who in 2003 was cleared of financial misconduct allegations over the selling of royal gifts, was appointed chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation in 2018 following a reorganisation of Prince Charles’ charities.
He began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, rising through the…