Investigation concludes Prince Charles' aide did coordinate with 'fixers' in cash-for-honours scandal

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  • Michael Fawcett, Prince Charles' closest aide, did indeed coordinate with "fixers" in a cash-for-honours scandal embroiling the Prince's Foundation.
  • Fawcett has since resigned from his post as CEO of the Prince's Foundation.
  • Clarence House said in a statement as the investigation concluded: "We are taking this opportunity to reinforce guidance to these charities, particularly in respect of their relationships with supporters."  

An investigation into the cash-for-honours scandal embroiling Prince Charles' foundation concluded Michael Fawcett, the royal's right-hand man and closest aide, did, in fact, coordinate with "fixers" for an honours nomination for Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz in exchange for charitable funds.

Fawcett has since resigned from his post as CEO of the Prince's Foundation.

Charles has denied any knowledge of wrongdoing.

Further, Sky News reports Fawcett was involved in directing funds from the donor's foundation to another charity, of which Charles was previously patron.

The foundation was the Mahfouz Foundation – though the Saudi tycoon has too denied any wrongdoing – to the Children and the Arts Foundation (CATA), which is semi-defunct.

The activity, according to the investigation, also took place without any knowledge or approval from the Prince's Foundation.

The Prince's Foundation previously came under fire for almost accepting cash from a Russian banker, Dmitry Leus.

The foundation's ethics committee, however, reportedly declined the donation after discovering Leus had been convicted on money laundering charges in 2004, which he later had overturned.

Clarence House released a statement following the investigation's conclusion.

"It is important to His Royal Highness that the charities which bear his name operate to the highest standards, in accordance with rules established by charity regulators," it reads.

"We are taking this opportunity to reinforce guidance to these charities, particularly in respect of their relationships with supporters."

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