Prince Charles hands key £95,000 job heading charity empire to former valet Michael Fawcett who left his service after selling off royal gifts
- Mr Fawcett made £95,000-a-year Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation
- In 2003 he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts
- Bullying complaints saw him resign in 1998 but he was reinstated within a week
9 Mar 2018
Prince Charles’s controversial former valet, Michael Fawcett, was put in charge of his charity empire yesterday, sealing an astonishing rise to power.
Mr Fawcett, who started as a junior footman, has been made the £95,000-a-year chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation in a major re-organisation of Charles’s philanthropic work.
This has put him in charge of a multi- million-pound budget and gives him responsibility for all the future king’s public work on issues including architecture, heritage, culture and education.
Mr Fawcett’s appointment is all the more remarkable given that he has been forced to resign from the Prince’s service twice.
Last night, one royal source said Mr Fawcett’s rise to power seemed ‘unstoppable’, adding: ‘Many believe the Prince will retain and promote him to an even more senior role when he becomes King. They are simply inseparable.’
Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet, setting out his bespoke suits and shirts every morning at Kensington Palace.
He even had to squeeze toothpaste on his master’s toothbrush after the Prince broke his arm playing polo, and became so indispensable that Charles once said: ‘I can manage without just about anyone, except for Michael.’
But colleagues noted how he began to ape his boss both in the way he dressed and the way in which he threw his weight about.
When a number of the Prince’s staff complained to Charles about Mr Fawcett’s overbearing and bullying attitude in 1998, he resigned. Within a week, however, he was reinstated – and promoted.
Then, in 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct.
But the report painted a picture of him as a bully who accepted valuable gifts from outsiders.
Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet. Pictured: Mr Fawcett and Prince Charles in 1992
After he quit, Charles rewarded him with £500,000 in severance pay – and retained his services as a freelance fixer and party planner.
Indeed, when Mr Fawcett set up the events firm Premier Mode, the Prince became his most lucrative client, relying on him to organise everything from Camilla’s birthday parties to lavish fundraisers.
Royal aides confirmed yesterday that while Premier Mode would not be allowed to cater for Prince’s Foundation events, it would continue to be paid to organise other receptions and dinners for Charles and other royals. Premier Mode received more than £270,000 from the Prince’s charities last year.
For the past five years, Mr Fawcett has also worked as chief of executive of Dumfries House Trust, a stately home rescued by the prince on behalf of the nation which has become the base for his charitable endeavours.
Aides said Mr Fawcett had helped to raise tens of millions of pounds and created 200 jobs at the house, its estate and the wider area in the role. He will not get a pay rise for his new appointment, which was made by the board of The Prince’s Foundation.
Foundation chairman Jayne-Anne Gadhia said Mr Fawcett had an ‘exemplary’ track record, adding: ‘We are thrilled to have Michael Fawcett as the new CEO of The Prince’s Foundation.
Following bullying complaints in 1998, Fawcett resigned. In 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct
‘His achievements as CEO of Dumfries House include raising significant sums for good causes and creating employment for more than 150 people in the very challenging economic climate of East Ayrshire. We have great confidence that he will do a similarly excellent job for The Prince’s Foundation.’
In a video to the staff of his 21 charities and organisations yesterday, Charles stressed he was not ‘stepping back from my charitable work or downsizing in any way’.
But the move will be interpreted by some as helping to ensure a smooth transition to the throne for the Prince, who will be 70 in November. He said: ‘Now, 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, both now and for many years to come.’
He said an independent review was appointed to examine what changes were needed to let his organisations work ‘as efficiently as possible, whist also allowing me to use my own time with them to greatest effect’. The reorganisation will result in a few job losses, and savings said to be of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The Telegraph & Argus – the daily newspaper for Bradford, West Yorkshire, England and no images available of “high-profile” figure Roger Benson.
Former Director of Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust is a convicted paedophile
Roger Benson had labelled her “a malicious nutcase and a liar” when he was arrested last year and he did not confess his guilt until she gave evidence in his trial last month.
Judge Jonathan Rose said Benson’s denials had made the girl’s already dreadful abuse worse.
Benson pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault that took place on three occasions in September 1986.
Mr. Benson was ‘head hunted’ for the post of Director of Operations, with The Prince’s Youth Business Trust.
THE PRINCE’S YOUTH BUSINESS TRUST
March 1980 – October 2001 (21 years)
YOUTH ENTERPRISE SCHEME (N. IRELAND) 16 May 1986 to 24 March 2000 (14 years)
Mr. Benson has had a varied career in industry, education and charity work. Through night school, while undergoing an apprenticeship as a textile designer he won a scholarship to Leeds University to read Textile Technology. After a short period at Courtaulds, he began a career in the academic world, which saw him rise quickly through the ranks to become Head of Hotel, and Institutional Management, at Leeds Polytechnic, which became Leeds Metropolitan University.
Benson has undertaken consultancy/research in small business development with 8 European/North American countries, and with the ILO. He has held many national and international posts, including being the President/Chairman of the Hotel, Catering and International Management Association. (1991 to 1995)
Mr. Benson promotes InBiz in its relationships with the Local, Regional and National Government.
At the time of the assaults, in 1986, Benson was working for the Prince’s trust. The girl told a school friend and the police were alerted but Benson denied the allegations and was not prosecuted until 29 years later.
East India Devonshire Sports And Public Schools Club Limited in London’s exclusive St James’s Square
Roger Benson was also Director of East India Devonshire Sports And Public Schools Club Limited
5 May 2004 – 11 May 2011
– One of Britain’s most historic private member’s clubs and one of the richest clubs, with hefty cash reserves.
Members of this private men’s club have included: Prince Albert (patron), Lord Mountbatten, Lord Randolph Churchill, Denis Thatcher, the husband of Margaret Thatcher, Lord Coe and Nigel Farage.
Another Director of The Prince’s Trust – Sir Harold Haywood
Sir Harold Haywood, who also happened to have been Prince Charles most trusted charity aide, responsible for the Prince’s Trust.
Harold Haywood alterations on paedophile document
Harold Haywood’s son:
“My father was very involved with the royal family during the Prince’s Trust days in the 1970s and 1980s but remained a close friend and adviser to the Prince.
“I recall my father and late mother, Amy, frequently attending events at Buckingham Palace, including one to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Charles and Diana just two days before it happened.”
In 1985 Haywood took the Prince on a ‘plain clothes’ visit to a youth hostel and to charity centres in Soho’s red light district.
Sir Harold Haywood was Director of The Prince’s Trust 1977-88
Paedophile Roger Benson started with the prince’s trust in 1980 when Haywood was director. Benson was ‘head hunted’ for the post of Director of Operations with The Prince’s Youth Business Trust – wonder if Haywood appointed Roger Benson?
Haywood appointed Jimmy Savile as vice-pres of a youth club
For almost twenty years,from 1955-1974, Haywood occupied one of the top positions at the NAYC National Association of Youth Clubs, first leading as Education and Training Director, and then Director of Youth Work.
PRINCE IN SAVILE COVER-UP Daily Star Sunday 12-05-13, p6
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Under Haywood’s NAYC directorship, Sir Angus Ogilvy, husband of Princess Alexandra was appointed President, with Jimmy Savile as Vice-President; a slew of celebrity attended fundraising events were organized, new headquarters were built on premises at Devonshire Street.
Angus Ogilvy and Jimmy Savile
In his autobiography Savile wrote: ‘Princess Alexandra is a patron of a hostel for girls in care (Duncroft). At this place I’m a cross between a term-time boyfriend and a fixer of special trips out.’
Sir Harold Haywood’s time as Chairman of Albany Trust
From 1974 to 1977
Haywood is chairman of Albany Trust – during this time he coaxed into existence a booklet entitled Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers along with fellow Albany Trustees, members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE’s Keith Hose and Tom O’Carroll) and the Paedophile Action League (PAL).
It was abandoned after a trustee saw a draft and branded it monstrous.”
One of the Booklet’s stated aims was to argue for the positive social benefits paedophiles brought to society:
“… about paedophilia, and to argue that those involved represent no special threat to society, but on the contrary are often a force for social good.”
Haywood was busy convening an exciting new ‘informal’ venture at Earl’s Court, gathering a group of colleagues together to form a ‘Working Party’
Paedophile Information Exchange’s Charles Napier took a leading role.
On Monday 22 August 1977, just before Harold Haywood departs Albany Trust to create the Prince’s Trust for Young People for Prince Charles, Charles Napier is discovered by Kensington & Chelsea Council to be the Treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange. The response of Nucleus … They require Napier to take a holiday to get over the stress and only resign his official position not his membership of PIE.
Charles Napier and half-brother John Whittingdale MP
Tory MP’s half-brother Charles Napier sentenced to 13 years over ‘prolific’ child sex abuse
Tory MP’s half-brother who was known as ‘Rapier Napier’ by his pupils and helped run Paedophile Information Exchange is jailed for 13 years for HUNDREDS of sex assaults on young boys in the 60s and 70s
Abuse scandals probe widens: The man (Charles Napier) who may hold key to UK’s biggest paedophile network ever
Paedophiles: PIE treasurer Charles Napier and PIE founder Peter Righton lived on Lord Henniker’s estate.
“Peter Righton, former Executive Committee member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, author of various freely available writings advocating sex with children, and senior figure in the social work profession, took up residence on Henniker’s estate, Thornham Magna, following Righton’s conviction for importing and possessing pornographic material featuring children in 1992.
Numerous groups of children were brought from Islington and elsewhere to Thornham Magna on day trips and it is feared that they were the victims of abuse at the hands of Righton”
Charles Napier and Richard Alston
Napier, a British Council teacher used diplomatic privileges to smuggle child-pornography into Britain.
Diplomat Sir Peter Hayman was caught sending paedophilia-related materials
A correspondence of an obscene nature between Sir Peter Hayman and number of other persons. The papers involved an obsession about the systematic killing by sexual torture of young people and children.
Convicted paedophile Richard Alston (left) and brother British diplomat Robert Alston
Richard Alston and Charles Napier
Convicted paedophile PIE member Richard Alston abused children with Napier and Righton
“The court heard that Righton and Alston’s friend Charles Napier would also be present for some of the meetings with the boy.”
Diplomat Robert Alston was educated at Ardingly College (as was Peter Righton and Richard Alston) Robert Alston is Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College. The school has its own Masonic Lodge, Ardingly College Lodge, which is a member of the elite Freemason “Public School Lodges” Council.
Robert Alston served as British Ambassador to Oman between (1986–1990), and as British High Commissioner to New Zealand and the Cook Islands, non-resident High Commissioner to Samoa, and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands between (1994–1998)
In 2000, police investigating the rape allegations of a 15-year-old girl uncovered a trail of child abuse dating back at least three generations. Scarcely any of Pitcairn’s 47 inhabitants were untainted by the allegations, and barely a girl growing up on the island had escaped abuse.
For Britain, the case raised embarrassing questions about its supervision of the colony, now known as an overseas territory.
The Martin Allen case linked to Westminster paedophile ring
Stoke Lodge, the Australian high commissioner’s residence in London. The Allen family lived in a cottage in the grounds.
The Allen family lived in the caretaker’s five-bedroom cottage in the grounds, separated from Stoke Lodge by just a few metres across a wrought-iron low-level fence about one metre high.“It was quite secluded where we were; people didn’t have any reason to come down there unless they lived there, really,’’ Kevin tells Inquirer.
The well-heeled jewellery family, the De Beers, were neighbours, so, too, the Showerings, who owned Allied Breweries, and there was an Arab king to the right.
The street, Hyde Park Gate, is particularly famed as Sir Winston Churchill lived and died there.
“We would often go into the garden and speak to visitors at Stoke Lodge,” says Kevin. “My mum and I even stood at the fence and chatted to Prince Charles and Princess Diana once when they visited.”
Martin took a photograph of Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis when they were leaving one of the receptions at Stoke Lodge.
Kevin’s bedroom was at the far end of the cottage, but Martin’s was halfway along the hallway, directly overlooking the ambassadorial residence.Since November last year, when police started fresh inquiries into the historical abuse of children by the VIP pedophile gang, Kevin has started his own digging.
What has shocked him, apart from what he believes is an apparent disinterest of the police in re-examining Martin’s disappearance, are the staggering links the Australian high commission had to men who would later be revealed as some of the country’s most vile pedophiles.
Kevin says it was standard practice for the high commission to supplement its regular drivers with stand-in and casual drivers from a particular chauffeur firm located just across the Thames.
His research has revealed that this chauffeur firm had, at various times, employed Sidney Cooke, whose gang the “Dirty Dozen’’ would later be convicted and jailed for the torture and murder of three young boys in the 80s. Jimmy Savile’s chauffeur, David Smith, who killed himself last year before standing trial on sex charges, is believed to have had links to the same car company in the late 70s. Cooke and his pedophile cohort are understood to have been some of the drivers who would pick up young care-home boys and rent boys in the expensive cars and deliver them to organised orgies in Barnes, Pimlico and Kensington.
“All about at the same time as Martin’s disappearance, all of these pedophiles were linked to the (known pedophile) houses and a couple of them worked for the one car company that Australia House used as subbies if they didn’t have enough drivers,’’ says Kevin, blinking back tears.“Cooke and a few other infamous multi-murdering people worked for this car company.”
10 July 2017
The former Australian ABC managing director David Hill has accused a youth charity set up by Prince Charles of “covering its backside” by denying it had known of serious abuse suffered by child migrants sent to Australia.
Hill told a UK national inquiry in London on Monday that the Prince’s Trust had recently criticised the Fairbridge Society over the physical and sexual abuse suffered by children who were sent to its farm schools in Australia.
Fairbridge had high-level connections in the UK, including royalty, when it was running the Australian schools in the 1950s and 60s. Fairbridge was absorbed in 2011 by the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity set up by Prince Charles in 1976
Hill told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse on Monday that he was sent to a Fairbridge farm school at Molong in NSW in 1959.
In May the society heard from many former child migrants about the appalling treatment they received at institutions run by Fairbridge, the Christian Brothers in Western Australia and other church and charity groups.
It heard that children were forced to work barefoot on farms or in quarries, their schooling was inadequate, their food substandard and they were regularly beaten and in many cases sexually abused by their so-called carers.
Hill said Fairbridge had in the past routinely lied and denied any wrongdoing when confronted about the abuse. He said the Fairbridge files had been with the Prince’s Trust for the past six years and contained many references to abuse.
Hill noted that the inquiry had received a letter from the Prince’s Trust in recent days expressing its abhorrence of the abuse suffered at Fairbridge farm schools. But he said he suspected the trust of cynicism as it had not previously acknowledged such abuse despite it being in the records they held.
“I can’t help thinking that the Prince’s Trust is simply covering its backside,” he said.
Hill was one of nearly 7,000 British children in state or charity care who were sent to Australia up until the 1970s, supposedly to improve their prospects. He said a 1956 inspection of Australian institutions had resulted in a blacklist of places that were deemed “unfit for children”.
But because the Fairbridge Society had royal and aristocratic backing the blacklist was torn up and its farm schools continued to operate.
That meant “hundreds more children, including me and many as young as four”, continued to be sent into conditions “harsher than at adult prisons in Australia”, Hill said.
Princess Diana, in intimate confessions recorded on video by her voice coach, described her sex life with Prince Charles as “odd, very odd”.
Kevin Spacey is in convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s black book
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Kevin Spacey apologizes for alleged sex assault with a minor
Kevin Spacey was given a private tour of Buckingham Palace by Prince Andrew – and he even sat on the THRONE
The Duke of York personally escorted the actor into the heart of the Palace, including areas that are strictly off-limits to most visitors
12th November 2017
Senior royal sources claimed pictures of Spacey were taken inside the Queen’s hallowed throne room.
It is Buck House’s centrepiece, decked out with glittering chandeliers and silk wallpaper.
Last night sources close to the Duke said he had “no recollection” of Spacey being let inside.
Royal experts described the July party — whose guests included Andrew’s daughter Eugenie, 27 — as “tawdry”.
And it revived questions about the Duke’s choice of friendships with the rich and famous.
Both Spacey, 58, and Andrew were pals of paedophile US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was jailed for trying to hire a 14-year-old girl as a prostitute.
Andrew, 57, quit as a UK trade envoy in 2011 after the friendship was revealed.
A royal source said: “Buckingham Palace is not a theme park to be used for private tours, it’s the heart of the monarchy.
“The Duke’s decision to invite Spacey for a personal guided visit was not ideal then.
Spacey was artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre from 2004 to 2015 and became a darling of the British arts scene.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said last night: “The Palace is home to a number of members of the Royal Family who, from time to time, host guests in a private capacity.”
Spacey’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
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Is that BBC DJ Fearne Cotton in the background ? Part of the BBC Billy Cotton dynasty ? Ex ‘girlfriend’ to the pop music paedophile Ian Watkins, currently serving 33 years ? Tut tut.
Fearne Cotton – ex-boyfriend Ian Watkins pleads guilty to attempted rape on a baby
Fearne Cotton presents her AW14 Fashion Collection For Very.co.uk at The Groucho Club on July 30, 2014 in London, England.
Fearne Cotton’s great-uncle –
Bill Cotton Jr – close to paedophile Jimmy Savile
Call for an inquiry into the cover-up of child abuse on the Groucho Club’s members forum
The Groucho club’s management has refused to issue a full and transparent account of the child abuse network, the rapes and the sexual haressment and assult of an employee.
Many of the celebrities now facing allegations, arrested or convicted in the past few years for sexual depravity such as the infant rapist, Ian Watkins, Weinstein, Spacey, Glitter, Saville, Harris, Hall, Max Clifford and others have frequented the Groucho Club. Harvey Weinstein is a lifetime member and was invited to write a chapter in a book about the Groucho Club where he talks about his membership.
Jeffrey Epstein: the billionaire paedophile with links to Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Robert Maxwell – and Prince Andrew
Many A-list celebrities broke off links with the businessman after he was conviction of having sex with an underage girl
Epstein reportedly flew Tucker and Spacey to Africa on his private jet as part of a charitable endeavour.
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