Fawcett Loses [Pounds Sterling]50,000 Job with Charles Charity; Now the Prince's Foundation Trustees Drop 'Untouchable' Aide Who Took Palace Perks

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Fawcett Loses [Pounds Sterling]50,000 Job with Charles Charity; Now the Prince's Foundation Trustees Drop 'Untouchable' Aide Who Took Palace Perks


Byline: PAUL HENDERSON

PRINCE Charles's former aide Michael Fawcett has lost his [pounds sterling]50,000a-year charity fundraising role for the Prince's Foundation, it was revealed last night.

Fawcett's departure will be seen as a victory for trustees who were furious about his appointment to the charity, even though he had been heavily criticised by a Palace inquiry into the sale of Royal gifts.

The decision had been kept secret while Charles's Private Secretary, Sir Michael Peat, reviewed the Prince's charity setup. Until now Fawcett, a favourite of the Prince, has appeared untouchable.

Sir Tom Shebbeare, one of Charles's most trusted aides who was appointed a year ago to overhaul his fundraising activities, said: 'Michael Fawcett helped with fundraising in the past but he doesn't now. He was a consultant fundraiser for two or three years until the middle of last year, but the Foundation now has its own fundraiser, Simon Stanley.

'This was all part of Sir Michael Peat's plan to reform and hire qualified people. Michael Fawcett now has a limited-term contract to supply services to the Prince of Wales's household.

'We want all the charities to have their own fundraising ability and not to be dependent on the Prince or the Palace or freelances like Michael Fawcett.'

Sir Tom was made director of charities after revelations in The Mail on Sunday about 'cash for access' to Charles.

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