Prince Charles’ closest aide Michael Fawcett is forced to resign after damning letter reveals he offered Saudi donors help to secure a knighthood and British citizenship
Michael Fawcett stepped down as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation after being confronted with a letter in which he said the Royal charity would be ‘happy and willing to use its influence to help wealthy Saudi donor and businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, who had given it hundreds of thousands of pounds.
In the bombshell letter, written by Mr. Fawcett on August 18, 2017, to Busief Lamlum, an aide to Dr Bin Mahfouz, there is no effort made to disguise that support for the knighthood and citizenship application depends on Dr. Bin Mahfouz’s financial support.
The charity said that Mr. Fawcett – arguably the Prince’s most trusted aide – had ‘offered to step down temporarily’ while its trustees investigate.
A former Palace official said the loss of Mr. Fawcett was ‘an earthquake’ to the future King. One of his main tasks was securing donations for Dumfries House, which Charles bought in 2007 and which he has spent many millions of pounds on renovating.