United Kingdom – A relative of Prince Charles resigns after a scandal

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Michael Fawcett, Charles’s former assistant butler, is suspected of using his influence to help a Saudi businessman obtain British citizenship.

Michael Fawcett, here 2003.

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A former aide to Prince Charles has resigned as head of a foundation set up by the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, amid a scandal over his relationship with a Saudi businessman.

Michael Fawcett, Charles’s former assistant butler, has revealed that he used his influence to help Saudi businessman Mahfouz Merhi Mubarak bin Mahfouz, a generous benefactor to charities linked to the British monarchy, to obtain a medal, newspapers revealed in early September. Sunday times And mail on sunday.

He resigned his position as Director General of the Arab Republic of Egypt Prince FoundationAccording to a spokesperson for the institution.

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according to Sunday timesMahfouz Merhi Mubarak bin Mahfouz, 51, was appointed commander of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2016, an event not made public in the official list of royal speeches. According to the newspaper, obtaining such a distinction made it possible to support Saudi Arabia’s claim to British citizenship.

The Sunday times He indicated that Mahfouz Merhi Mubarak bin Mahfouz, who denied any wrongdoing, would have provided large sums for restoration projects of particular importance to the Prince of Wales.

Michael Fawcett has temporarily resigned from his position as general manager of The Prince’s Foundation, which he has held since 2018, but that resignation is now final, according to the foundation set up by Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son.

Michael Fawcett began working with the royal family in 1981 as the Queen’s bodyguard and rose through the ranks to become Prince Charles’s butler, helping him get dressed every morning.

In 2003, he was acquitted of charges of financial misconduct related to the sale of gifts to the royal family.

(France Press agency)

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