MPs have been calling all week for an investigation into the activities of the Prince’s personal assistant.
He is said to have been responsible for disposing of Charles’s unwanted gifts, and is allegedly allowed to keep up to 20% of the profits, earning himself the sobriquet ‘Fawcett the Fence’.
The 40-year-old is principally tasked with organising the Prince’s lavish events. He arranges the venues, the catering, the guest lists and even the flowers.
But his influence extends far wider, with the Prince consulting him on many other matters. Charles is said to have once remarked: “I can manage without just about anyone, except for Michael.”
But he was on the brink of losing it all in February 1998 when he found himself summoned to Highgrove by the Prince to explain why three other members of staff were resigning.
A chauffeur, equerry’s assistant and valet complained Mr Fawcett liked to “throw his weight around”.