Prince Charles loses struggling Prince’s Foundation second boss


Prince Charles loses second boss of his struggling charity The Prince’s Foundation – as superwomen enlisted to clear up mess

  • Chris Martin stepped down as charity director of Charles The Prince’s Foundation
  • His departure comes after the departure of assistant Michael Fawcett following an honors scandal
  • Claimed Mr Fawcett had offered to support a Saudi billionaire’s honor upgrade after making ‘generous’ donations to the charity
  • Independent investigation found Mr Fawcett had worked with “fixer-uppers” to secure top honors
  • Scotland Yard to investigate ‘cash for favors’ scandal










A second leader has left Prince Charles’ troubled charity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Chris Martin, who was executive director of development at the Prince’s Foundation, followed the prince’s most trusted aide, Michael Fawcett, after he stepped down.

The Defense Ministry published a damning letter from Mr. Fawcett to Saudi billionaire donor Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz last September.

Chris Martin, who was executive director of development at the Prince’s Foundation, has left the ailing Prince Charles charity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

Mr Martin followed the Prince's most trusted aide, Michael Fawcett (pictured), to the door.  Mr Fawcett stepped down after the Mail on Sunday published a damning letter last year showing he had offered to support an honor upgrade for a Saudi billionaire in recognition of his donations

Mr Martin followed the Prince’s most trusted aide, Michael Fawcett (pictured), to the door. Mr Fawcett left his post after the Mail on Sunday published a damning letter last year showing that he had offered to support an enhancement of the honor of a Saudi billionaire in recognition of his “generous” donations to charity association

Written in 2017, Mr Fawcett offered to support the passage of Dr Bin Mahfouz’s honor from CBE to that of a knight and to assist him in his application for British citizenship in recognition of his “generous” donations to the association charity.

An independent investigation ordered by the Foundation, which operates Dumfries House – a Palladian country house in Ayrshire rescued for the nation by Prince Charles – found Mr Fawcett had worked with “fixers” to secure the honors of a rich donor.

Scotland Yard is reportedly investigating the ‘cash for favors’ scandal. But Dr Bin Mahfouz denies any wrongdoing and Clarence House insists Charles had “no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or of British citizenship on the basis of a donation to his charities.” .

An insider said: “A few people have let the Foundation down for their own needs.”

Rosemary Hilary

Anne Limb

To rehabilitate its tarnished reputation, the Foundation recruited four “superwomen” with proven track records. Rosemary Hilary (left), a senior auditor, arrived in June, along with Ann Limb (right), the first woman president of the Scout Association.

Sarah from Gay

Emilie Cherrington

In October, the trust hired high-profile lawyer Sarah de Gay (left), a member of the government advisory committee on business appointments. At the end of last year, the charity’s chief operating officer, Emily Cherrington (right), was appointed chief executive officer

Mr. Martin, meanwhile, withdrew temporarily when the investigation began. A source confirmed that he has now resigned after three years with the Foundation, although it is not known why he resigned.

To rehabilitate its tarnished reputation, the Foundation recruited four “superwomen” with proven track records.

Rosemary Hilary, a senior auditor, arrived in June, along with Ann Limb, the first woman president of the Scout Association.

In October, the trust hired senior lawyer Sarah de Gay, a member of the Government’s Advisory Board on Business Appointments.

Late last year, the charity’s chief operating officer, Emily Cherrington, was appointed chief executive, with the insider describing her as a ‘safe pair of hands’.

The Foundation and Clarence House made no comment last night.


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