historical, "revealing", never before seen letter collection
HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales
King Charles III
collection of 19 letters written between 1997 and 2008
to press reports following the resignation of Michael Fawcett
from the Prince's Trust, Prince Charles is quoted as stating he
has no knowledge of "Honors" given as gratitude for
donations to various of the Princes's charities.
following letters tell a different story. Every letter is regarding
money, finding donors and their potential for donations , including
letters written on Christmas and New Years day
letters were written to Robert Higdon managing director of Prince
of Wales Foundation in the US.
article dated September 2021 from a British tablois at the end
of this listing.
Fawcett replaced Robert Higdon
M. Higdon, died June 19 at his home in Panama City, Fla. He was
In 1997, Mr. Higdon was named managing director of the Washington-based
Prince of Wales Foundation, a charity associated with Prince Charles.
Invariably described as charming and personable, Mr. Higdon raised
millions of dollars for the organization, which provides support
for some of Prince Charless primary interests, including
architecture, historic preservation and the environment
of Mr. Higdons fund raising tactics was to arrange personal
meetings for major donors with Prince Charles and his current
wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Higdons work with both Thatcher and Prince Charles came
under criticism in the British media for what was called lavish
spending. In 2011, Mr. Higdon reportedly received more than $600,000
in salary and expense reimbursements from the Prince of Wales
Foundation. He stayed at first-class hotels during his frequent
international travels, and critics noted that his compensation
almost equaled the total amount of money disbursed by the foundation.
Higdon left the Prince of Wales Foundation in 2011, when his contract
was not renewed.
Tom Bower 11 Sep 2021
Prince Charles was
allegedly 'shocked' and 'surprised' by the exposure of Fawcetts
alleged demands to Mahfouz As one of Charless senior staff
Last week, Fawcett,
58, was temporarily suspended as chief executive of Charless
The Princes Foundation after claims he fixed an honour for
a Saudi businessman in return for donating more than £1.5million
to Charless charities. The issue Charles, 72, faces is whether
he knew about Fawcetts promises in a letter to Mahfouz Marei
Mubarak bin Mahfouz, 51. Through a spokesman, we learnt Charles
was allegedly shocked and surprised by
the exposure of Fawcetts alleged demands to Mahfouz.
But considering Fawcetts
money-raising activities for the prince over the past 30 years,
Charless shock is hard to believe. Fawcett wrote
to Mahfouz in 2017, allegedly indicating that in return for his
money, the Saudi would get a knighthood, British citizenship and
more private meetings with Prince Charles.
appeared to make a direct connection between Mahfouz getting Charless
support for a knighthood and citizenship in return for his money.
In an unusual move,
Charless office issued a statement denying he knew about
Fawcetts offer in exchange for money, but the history of
Fawcetts successful operation over the past decades to raise
more than £60million for the princes charities will
inevitably raise questions over Charless denials.
Accused over the years
of being a rent-a-royal, Charles has been repeatedly
photographed with foreign multi-millionaires at his own charity
dinners and events to raise millions for the Princes Trust
and to rebuild Dumfries House and the Castle of Mey in Scotland.
Guests apparently paid up to £500,000 for an opulent dinner
with Charles. Fawcett arranged those events and negotiated the
donations. The question Charles faces is whether he knew Fawcett
was allegedly demanding millions in return for access to himself.
Mahfouz, who denies
any wrongdoing, was not entirely disappointed. The £1.5million
he gave to Charless charities was rewarded by private meetings
with the prince and a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace in
November 2016, when Charles awarded the Saudi with an honorary
was also remembered by Charles in naming a wood, gardens and benches
after him at some of Britains oldest and most celebrated
buildings. His donations helped renovate Dumfries House, saved
for the nation by Charles in 2007 but without the £30million
needed for its restoration and maintenance.
Securing that money
from foreign millionaires was Fawcetts task. Fawcetts
success depended on Charless direction and co-operation.
Fawcetts rise from a humble valet in Buckingham Palace in
1982 to being indispensable to Charles has been marked by a series
of astonishing accusations. He has resigned twice before.
Fawcett wrote to Mahfouz
in 2017, allegedly indicating that in return for his money, the
Saudi would get a knighthood and more private meetings with Prince
Fawcett was introduced
into the world of seducing the ultra-rich to pay for access to
Charles by an American, Robert Higdon.
Higdon had been hired
in 1995 by Charles to raise money for his charities. The activities,
though not illegal, are highly controversial.
Higdon brought many
billionaires to Charless parties, and they gave £1million
and more in charitable donations to sit next to
Charles at dinner.
Higdon claimed that
Charles knew every detail of his agreements with the American
billionaires: How much they had paid and where they would sit
at dinners. Higdon also arranged for Charles to use the billionaires
yachts and private jets.
According to Higdon,
every detail was discussed between himself and Charles, including
the size of the donation. Fawcett was an excellent student of
Higdons skills. On Charless orders, he approached
a galaxy of property developers, bankers, lawyers, accountants
and foreign billionaires from both sides of the Atlantic, Saudi
Arabia, Latvia and Kyrgyzstan for money.
Implicit in the request
for donations was the opportunity of a lunch or dinner with Charles
and an assurance that a sizable donation would be rewarded with
a room or bench named after the sponsor.
Among the many beneficiaries
was Manuel Colonques, a Spanish tile manufacturer. In return for
£1.6million, Colonques was allowed to invite 250 guests
to Buckingham Palace for a dinner, captured over 36 pages by Hello!
There was also a private
dinner with Charles and an invitation to Kate and Williams
wedding. Charles also asked that Colonques donate
an Islamic garden of 70,000 handmade mosaic tiles
to Highgrove. We gave the garden to him, said the
Spaniards spokes-man. And he repaid us with a dinner
for our clients.
that a £200,000 donation would guarantee his wife Alara
could sit next to Charles at a dinner. The next day photographs
of both Uzans with the prince were posted across the world. Cem
Uzan was later indicted for racketeering in Turkey and sentenced
in his absence to 23 years in prison.
arrangements were apparently ignored by Charles, for good reason.
After four years, Fawcett had raised £19million for his
charitable foundation. But
Charless appetite for money was apparently insatiable.
It was a familiar
pattern with Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz only now
it threatens to end in disgrace for Fawcett and possibly Charles.
There are concerns
the Palaces investigation of Fawcetts alleged promises
to Mahfouz will follow the same track as previous reports of some
of Fawcetts alleged wrongdoings if found proven.