Michael Fawcett is one of Prince Charles’s closest collaborators. Working with the royal family for many years, he was, until a few days ago, the executive director of the Prince’s Foundation, the foundation of Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son. But the latter has submitted his resignation, as revealed by the site Royal Histories. A decision he was pressured to make after a confidential letter, written in 2017, was published in the Mail on Sunday.
In this letter, Michael Fawcett allegedly promised Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, a Saudi businessman, to help him obtain British citizenship, as well as a title from Queen Elizabeth II. “In light of His Excellency’s current and most recent generosity … I am happy to confirm, with confidence, that we are willing and happy to support and contribute to his citizenship application,” he would have writing. The director also reportedly offered to help him become a Knight of the Order of the British Empire. According to Royal History, the close collaborator of Prince Charles could have felt indebted because of the large donations that the Saudi billionaire allocated to the foundation.
A resignation experienced as an “earthquake” by Prince Charles
An internal investigation would have been opened at the founding of Prince Charles. The organization said in a statement that Michael Fawcett “had offered to withdraw temporarily” during the investigation. This resignation would be experienced as a real “earthquake” for Prince Charles, according to an internal source from the Palace. Especially since his foundation is currently in the spotlight after having to repay a donation of half a million pounds from a Russian businessman who had been convicted in his country of money laundering before his conviction is overturned by justice.
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