Prince Charles’ charity boss permanently resigns
London: The head of Prince Charles’ charitable foundation has resigned permanently, it was learned on Friday, weeks after temporarily resigning as part of an internal investigation into an alleged pay-for-honors scandal.
Michael Fawcett, managing director of the foundation, had initially agreed to suspend his post following revelations in the newspapers about his links to a businessman who had donated large sums to restoration projects of particular interest to Charles.
Fawcett, a former Prince of Wales valet who has been close to Queen Elizabeth II’s heir for decades, is said to have coordinated the work to bestow royal honor and even British citizenship on the businessman.
The Charles Foundation, which helps unemployed people find jobs and start small businesses, said in September it took newspaper articles “very seriously”, and confirmed the final departure of its leader on Friday.
“Michael Fawcett has resigned as CEO of the Prince’s Foundation,” a spokesperson said in a terse one-line statement.
As a trusted valet, Fawcett squeezed Charles’s toothpaste onto his brush and helped him dress it, according to reports.
“I can get by without just about anyone except Michael,” the prince is said to have once said.
In 2003, Fawcett was cleared of allegations of financial misconduct over the sale of unwanted royal gifts.
He was appointed head of the foundation in 2018 following a reorganization of Charles’ charities.