Published On: Sat, Mar 10th, 2018

Valet who squeezed Prince Charles toothpaste named CEO of charity EMPIRE

The Prince of Wales once said: “I can manage without just about anyone except Michael.”

Mr Fawcett has now been named as the head of a key part of Prince Charles’s charitable empire.

Mr Fawcett has been the chief executive of Dumfries House, the country house in Ayrshire which has been turned into a hub for the local community after it was bought by a consortium headed by Prince Charles in 2007.

However, in a recent reshuffle, Mr Fawcett has been appointed as chief executive of the newly created Prince’s Foundation, which includes Dumfries House Trust.

The foundation will focus on promoting the heritage, culture and education projects across the UK.

The foundation currently employs more than 270 people.

Dumfries House said, Mr Fawcett, whose salary as chief executive of was £95,000, will not be getting a pay rise.

Questions have now been asked however about whether or not there is a conflict of interest between Mr Fawcett’s role looking after the Prince’s charities and his work as an event organiser who does the catering for Prince Charles’s parties and events.

Clarence House said that his company, Premier Mode, would not be working with the Prince’s foundation.

Mr Fawcett, who was once known for squeezing Charles’s toothpaste, is still likely to cater private events for Charles.

Mr Fawcett was appointed by the trustees of the Royal Foundation, which is chaired by Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the chief executive of Virgin Money and chairwoman of Dumfries House.

In 1998, Mr Fawcett left the Prince of Wales service because of his alleged bullying and heavy-handed manner.

However, he was reinstated and his career thrived.

In 2003 he resigned after Sir Michael Peat, the Prince’s private secretary, released a report which identified mismanagement in the Prince’s household.

Sir Peat’s report found that Mr Fawcett had broken regulations by accepting presents from suppliers, including a Rolex watch.

Although he sold official gifts, he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Mr Fawcett then set up his own events management company which was immediately given a short-term contract to carry out work for Prince Charles.

According to sources close to the royals, Mr Fawcett has done an impressive job at Dumfries House.

The remodel of the Prince’s charities is set to be completed in time for his 70th birthday this autumn.

Prince Charles said: “As I approach something of a milestone in my own life, I have had a chance to reflect on how best to ensure my charities can continue to help those people and causes they were initially set up to serve.

“These changes do not mean I am stepping back from my charitable work or downsizing in any way.

“It is simply an opportunity to work more efficiently.”

Nearly half of Prince Charles’s 21 charities will be divided between the Prince’s Foundation and an enlarged Prince’s Trust Group, which will include the overseas arms of the Prince’s Trust.

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