The Prince of Wales has found himself in crisis mode and Kate Middleton and Prince William will no doubt be dragged into the drama.
If the name Michael Fawcett doesn’t mean anything to you then you are not a) Prince Charles, b) Fawcett’s wife or c) a British royal reporter.
This week, Fawcett, a longtime staffer and close aide to Charles, has been firmly lodged in the headlines after the Times alleged that Fawcett had “fixed” a CBE honour for Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz after the Saudi tycoon donated more than $2.7 million to royal charities.
In the wake of news breaking, the British antimonarchy group Republic and former MP Norman Baker have both complained about Charles to the police for potentially violating the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.
(If you are keeping count, that would now be two of the Queen’s sons who have entered the orbit of law enforcement after Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick commented on Prince Andrew last month that “no one is above the law.”)
On Sunday, Fawcett temporarily stepped down from his role as chief executive of the Charles’ charity, the Prince’s Foundation, and since then the royal’s former toothpaste squeezer-in-chief has remained firmly tight-lipped despite having a good portion of Fleet Street camped out on his doorstep.
Fawcett is no stranger to finding himself on the outs with the palace. He was first employed as a Buckingham Palace footman in 1981 before going on to work for the Prince…