From the time he was a teenager, Michael Fawcett started as a footman for Her Majesty. He is now taking on his most prominent role to date as the new chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation.
The reorganisation of the Prince’s charities has seen a promotion for Fawcett who was most recently the chief executive of the Dumfries House Trust, which according to Sky News, is now a part of the Prince’s Foundation.
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The new Prince’s Foundation will umbrella organisations working to promote education, culture, heritage and environment.
Starting at the age of 17 as a footman for Queen Elizabeth, Fawcett then moved to be Prince Charles’ assistant valet. He has steadily moved up ever since to a now estimated salary of between £85,000 to £90,000.
Jayne-Anne Gadhina, chair of the foundation said they were “thrilled” to have him on board.
Fawcett was previously accused of selling unwanted royal gifts and keeping a percentage of the money in 2013. After an internal inquiry, he was cleared.
The inquiry found that Fawcett did “infringe internal rules relating to gifts from suppliers” but because the rules are not enforced, and he did not make it a secret, he could not be severely criticised.
He did resign after the incident but continued to work with Prince Charles, becoming a trusted adviser.
He also owns an event business, Premier Mode, which organises events for the entire Royal Family. They have made it clear that Premier Mode will not supply the Prince’s Foundation.
The Prince’s Trust group is streamlining operations to make operations more efficiently by merging the new Prince’s Foundation, the UK-based Prince’s Trust and four international organisations.
Prince Charles will take on a new position as Royal Founding Patron for any of his charities that do not fall under the above.
In a video message to his charities, Prince Charles said: “I have a strong sense of optimism and anticipation for what more may be achieved. These changes do not mean I am stepping back from my charitable work or downsizing in any way – it is simply an opportunity to work more efficiently and, I hope, to even greater effect.
“I look forward to many more years of building on the important work that has been achieved to date.”