Prince Charles’ long-time aide Michael Fawcett stepped down as head of the Prince’s charity amid allegations he used his position to help a Saudi billionaire receive a “golden visa.”
Saudi Arabian billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz reportedly paid tens of thousands of dollars to secure the title of honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [CBE], one of the highest accolades for non-British citizens, according to a report in The Sunday Times.
Fawcett was paid to coordinate the title and help Mahfouz receive a “golden visa,” through which he hoped to achieve UK citizenship and residency, the report alleges.
The Prince personally bestowed the award to Mahfouz at a private ceremony in 2016 at Buckingham Palace. The ceremony was not published on the official list of royal engagements, according to The Times.
Mahfouz — who denies any wrongdoing — has been one of the biggest donors to the prince’s charities, and even