Former aide of Prince Charles quits over honour claims

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According to The Prince’s Foundation, Fawcett offered to temporarily step down from active duties as the organisation’s chief executive while an investigation takes place…reports Asian Lite News.

Amid reports of helping secure an honour for Saudi donor, a former aide to Prince Charles has from his role as chief executive of a royal charity, media reported.

According to reports from The Sunday Times and Mail, Michael Fawcett coordinated support for an honor for Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.

According to The Prince’s Foundation, Fawcett offered to temporarily step down from active duties as the organisation’s chief executive while an investigation takes place.

The Times said the businessman donated sums of more than 1.5 million pounds ($2.1 million) to The Prince’s Foundation to fund heritage restoration projects of interest to Prince Charles, including residences that Prince Charles used.

The report said Prince Charles gave Mahfouz an honorary CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at a private ceremony in 2016.

Meanwhile, Saudi has denied the reports.

Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to Queen Elizabeth II and later became the Prince’s assistant valet.

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